• “How many people does it take to…?”

    By Richard C. Hill When chlorofluorocarbons were found to damage the high atmospheric ozone layer, a group of chemists and refrigerator compressor designers found new working fluids and designs that eliminated the problem. The new refrigerators worked as well or better than the old ones and the cost was not increased. I don’t know the

  • Spring time, mytho time

    By Todd R. Nelson Unite and unite and let us all unite, For summer is acome unto day, And whither we are going we all will unite, In the merry morning of May. The old Padstow Carol augurs many things. A traditional May Day song from the English villages of yore, it invites us to

  • Restoring government “of, by and for the people”

    Dear Editor: The Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) reform initiative will be on the November 2015 ballot.  To prepare citizens for that important vote, the initiative is being presented across the state at many small, important events called “Informational House Parties”. On a recent Sunday, my wife, Daphne, and I hosted one of these

  • Where is our lawful money?

    Dear Editor: In a letter to the editor in the Ellsworth American dated Thursday, May 7, 2015 (“A case of constitutional illiteracy”), Mr. Humez didn’t get all of his comments correct or add enough to them. As the national debt goes, which is $18.2 trillion, most of the federal taxes are paying for the interest

  • Welcome to new veterinarian

    Dear Editor: I just wanted to take a moment to extend a warm welcome to the new veterinarian in town, Dr. Jessica Jones, who, with her husband, has recently opened the Ellsworth Family Vet Clinic on the Surry Road. Dr. Jones has treated both our dogs at Brewer vet in the past, and she has

  • Let’s treat our flag with respect

    Dear Editor: As many of us do this time of year, I took my mom and dad to put flowers on our family graves. One such trip was at Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth. If anyone is wondering about the location, it is the cemetery located on Main Street near the city of Ellsworth garage. While

  • A slight miscalculation

    Dear Editor: I usually read Dudley Gray`s letters to the editor because they are clearly written and factually accurate and usually present the other end of the political spectrum from where I am. His most recent, “Governor LePage deserves a break,” is typical, but I stumbled over his calculation of a 300 percent increase in

  • A heart-felt “thank you” to firefighters

    Dear Editor: To the firefighters of our community, we want to thank you all for your quick response to our call for help, saving our farm from total disaster. Your aid was greatly appreciated. Help came from all of the surrounding towns, with four or five towns responding. We want you to know your dedication

  • “Plucked: A History of Hair Removal”

    “Plucked: A History of Hair Removal”

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — According to some estimates, virtually all American women have tried facial and bodily hair removal, and most remove some regularly, if not daily. And for most men, despite the fad for the full “lumbersexual” beard, a clean shave is still the look. But if hair removal is common, that doesn’t make it