• Smoking: expensive and dangerous

    Not unlike the endless litany of bad news related to the global environmental impacts of climate change, the latest news is equally bleak about that national incidence of disease and death related to the ongoing cigarette-smoking epidemic. A study published Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows death trends among current smokers

  • RSU 24 superintendent search under way

    RSU 24 superintendent search under way

    SULLIVAN — Interviews are under way to find a successor to Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Suzanne Lukas. Lukas was hired in 2011 and said she is departing June 30 to spend more time with her infant grandson. Board Chairman Michael Pinkham said there were 11 applicants as of Feb. 27 and the

  • Winter warriors

    Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the various road crews that keep our streets clear of snow! They work unbelievable hours under the worst of conditions to keep our streets safe and clear of snow. It’s amazing how we can get 2 feet of snow and within 24 hours, the

  • Winter Musing

    Dear Editor: Aruba, Antigua, Abaco, all New England antitheses, sing through cold and snow a siren song of sun-drenched lands, “pause from labor snow-related where scent of Coppertone pervades, find respite from tasks scorned and hated, rest lazy, carefree, in hammocks swaying, breathe fragrant scent of blooming tropics, where gentle breezes caress trees and coconut

  • Wind power and property values

    Dear Editor: A recent article in The Ellsworth American, “Osborn approves multimillion-dollar agreement for new wind farm,” states that there is a “small dip initially in property values” around wind farms but “no negative impact in the long term.” I’d like to point out that there have been multiple studies concerning the impact of wind

  • Voting system needs an overhaul

    Dear Editor: I see Maine as a state filled with independently minded citizens who are not easily (or happily) stuck into political categories, such as Democrat, Republican or Green Independent. In fact, 36.7 percent of registered voters in Maine are not enrolled in a political party! At least one former governor won with less than

  • Tragedy yields blessing

    Dear Editor: When, on the night of Feb. 17, we lost our home of 22 years to fire, we lost all with the exception of a few hard objects found later in our daughter’s room. Before the firefighters had subdued the flames, many of our neighbors had come to comfort us. More than one offer

  • The right folks for the job

    Dear Editor: Your editorial concerning the Maine National Guard is very germane to the current snow conditions. An engineering battalion with its equipment and operator know-how can do a much better job in a timely fashion than a bunch of infantrymen with snow shovels. I hope the Governor and our two senators have read your