• EA sports editor wins regional writing award

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American’s sports editor, Taylor Vortherms, won the New England Society of Newspaper Editors’ “Best Sports Coverage” award for her story about women’s running pioneer Robin Emery. The “NESNEs” recognize the best editorial work produced in New England. The winners in five different categories were announced on Thursday, April 21, at an

  • Choosing a president

    When voters across the nation finally go to the polls in November, it will mark the end of a seemingly endless campaign for the presidency. The campaign process will have spanned some 18 months from start to finish and will have involved the expenditure of ridiculous amounts of money. Television and social media rule the

  • Choral Society to perform special concerts

    Choral Society to perform special concerts

    BAR HARBOR — Composer, conductor and music educator George Emlen’s “Song of Acadia,” composed to celebrate Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday, will be performed by the Acadia Choral Society on May 7-8 at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor and on June 4 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. “I wrote my text

  • Platform doesn’t reflect Maine GOP’s call for “least intrusive” government

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Legislators were no sooner out of Augusta when Governor Paul LePage unleashed another fusillade of abuse upon their weary heads. On WVOM Radio he called the 127th Legislature “absolutely horrendous” and “the worst since I’ve been governor,” blasting it for increasing energy costs. He took aim at

  • “High” Street, indeed

    Ellsworth City Councilor Gary Fortier made an astute point during the April 18 discussion about allowing the city’s sole medical marijuana dispensary to relocate from a low-profile, edge-of-town location to a high-profile intersection in town. At issue was the request of Maine Organic Therapy, now tucked away off the Bucksport Road, for a zoning change

  • The future of ancestral voices

    By Todd R. Nelson “History is the prediction of the present,” Louis Menand writes in a recent New Yorker magazine essay. “Historians explain why things turned out the way they did. Since we already know the outcome, this might seem a simple matter of looking back and connecting the dots. But there is a problem:

  • Worse than reported

    Dear Editor: Both The Ellsworth American’s editorial board and columnist Jill Goldthwait made three errors of omission in discussing Maine’s Right to Know law and the behavior of legislative party caucuses (April 14, 2016). The law itself (Title 1, Chapter 13) requires most elected officials (and some others) to be trained in Maine’s Freedom of

  • International and local updates on climate action

    Dear Editor: On April 21, the Hancock County Democratic Committee heard very important presentations from College of the Atlantic students who were in Paris in December at the international climate negotiations, and from the local leader of Mount Desert Island’s Climate to Thrive, a totally volunteer multidimensional project. On Friday, April 22, 175 nations signed