• Energy innovation without government subsidy

    In our haste to see everything now, the long view on important matters often is overlooked. From government programs to business goals, people in charge are pressured to achieve short-term results when a longer view is necessary and prudent. Energy is a convenient example. Over the past few weeks, critical announcements around the world suggest

  • Hats off to Retired Skippers Race

    On Saturday, with the assistance of the waterfront crew from Maine Maritime Academy, some two dozen sailboats — each with a captain at the helm who is at least 65 years old — will sail out of Castine and into Penobscot Bay for the start of the 66th annual Maine Retired Skippers Race. That is

  • Korea on the front burner

    In very short order, North Korea has gone from side show to main event, when it comes to international crises. This is particularly striking because the hostile face-off on the Korean peninsula has been in place since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Most of the protagonists — South Korea, the United States

  • Why politicize global warming?

    During the Q & A session following George Mitchell’s speech at the Schoodic Institute last week, I asked Sen. Mitchell to explain why climate change and global warming had become politically partisan issues.

  • EMS team true professionals

    Dear Editor: Recently, we had to call the local 911 services to our home, due to a late-night accidental fall by our houseguest. We want to thank the local EMS team that arrived promptly, correctly assessed the seriousness of the situation and oversaw transporting her to the hospital in Ellsworth. Our sincere thanks go out

  • Failing to learn the lessons of history

    Dear Editor: There is an old saying that goes like this: “The past is history, the future is a mystery and in between is the present. And that is why we call it a gift.” Very nice, isn’t it? And there is wisdom there. But it is all too simple. Unfortunately, except for historians and

  • Help keep Marlboro Beach open

    Dear Editor: This letter is an appeal for help in keeping Marlboro Beach in Lamoine open for everyone to enjoy, forever. As a summer resident of Lamoine for nearly 70 years, I know how important the beach is to residents and visitors alike, and I want to ensure that this lovely coastal area will never

  • Odd timing for a grand opening

    Dear Editor: I found it very odd that Sullivan’s new Dollar General decided to have its Grand Opening on Saturday, Aug. 5, right in the middle of our annual Sullivan Daze celebration, a full three weeks after the store actually opened. Coincidence? I think not. People were lined up around the front of the store