• Governor should leave well enough alone

    Dear Editor: It’s well known from multiple studies that regressive taxes, such as sales taxes and excise taxes, take advantage of the middle class. States such as Texas, Washington, Arizona, etc. with high sales and excise taxes, and little or no state income tax, are widely unfair to those with middle or low incomes. In

  • Giuliana out-trumps Trump

    Dear Editor: Just when it was looking the tiniest bit like the GOP might just possibly begin to seriously address issues of great importance to the country, along comes another Republican malcontent: “Rude” Rudy Giuliani with his spiteful attack on President Barack Obama. Way beyond Donald Trump’s long-suffering crusade to convince Americans that Obama was

  • Reverse “Robin Hood” effect

    By Roger Bowen “Tax reform” sounds like having a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon: unimaginable that anyone would decline if offered. And when tax reform refers to cutting the income tax of individual Mainers, who in their right mind would be opposed? Everyone I know wants to pay less of their income to

  • Penobscot man charged with sexual misconduct

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Sedgwick store owner, Dennis B. Robertson, 62, who also is chief of the Penobscot Fire Department, with four counts of unlawful sexual activity, according to filings in Hancock County District Court. After receiving a complaint about alleged incidents last fall, the sheriff’s office conducted an

  • Healthy Acadia “Tai Chi for Health” classes begin March 4

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia is offering two free 16-week “Tai Chi for Health” classes beginning in March and continuing into June. The classes are being run in partnership with Healthy Peninsula, the town of Castine, and the Island Community Center. The classes will meet once a week for one hour each, offering participants an opportunity

  • Lobster landings skyrocket in value

    Lobster landings skyrocket in value

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Thursday that the value of Maine’s lobster landings set a new record in 2014. According to preliminary figures compiled by DMR, Maine fishermen landed more than 120 million pounds of lobster for the third consecutive year, and for only the third time in history. The landed

  • Physical therapist to speak March 3 in Castine

    CASTINE — On Tuesday, March 3, at 12:30 p.m., physical therapist Readell Orff will present a program at Emerson Hall on Court Street in Castine. Orff has a variety of skills and takes a holistic approach to treatment, with a specific concentration in manual therapy and mobilization techniques for the extremities, spine and temporomandibular joints.

  • Bucksport man indicted in alleged Orrington hit-and-run

    Bucksport man indicted in alleged Orrington hit-and-run

    BANGOR — A Bucksport man has been indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury on various charges related to a deadly car accident he allegedly caused in Orrington last fall, according to Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy. On Wednesday, Marc Sparks, 29, was indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated operating under the influence, causing

  • Wilson Museum hosting genealogical research sessions

    CASTINE — The Wilson Museum is hosting open sessions for genealogical research on Thursday in March. The sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each session will highlight a different category of resource. Resources range from a collection of published family histories to microfilms of old local newspapers. Access to the Internet and

  • Proposal would give control of jail system back to counties

    Proposal would give control of jail system back to counties

    ELLSWORTH — Not all marriages survive the so-called seven-year-itch, and it appears that neither will a union of the county jail system with the state. And like so many dissolutions, the fights are about money. Sen. Paul Davis (R-Piscataquis County) has introduced legislation, L.D. 186, An Act to Reverse Jail Consolidation, that would give control