Articles by: Guest


  • Just say “no” to panic

    Dear Editor: As time goes on, I am realizing more and more how completely overblown the reaction to COVID-19 is. What if we started standing with dignity and saying “no” to panic? What if we contacted media outlets and asked them to stop spinning the same stories over and over and began broadcasting the testimonies

  • Long shutdowns will lead to recession

    Dear Editor: These college, school and business shutdowns cascading across Maine are doing far more damage to the economy than people understand. Families are scrambling to get (and afford) child care, and when they can’t they’re having to decide between staying a two-income household or going down to one income so their children have supervision.

  • A sad situation

    Dear Editor: I am amazed and saddened by the selfish runs on toilet paper and other paper products, aloe vera gel, alcohol and a bunch of other items. The shortage of those items on the shelf was not a real shortage. All the companies that produce those things were making plenty, even for an increased

  • This too shall pass

    Dear Editor: The Greeting I just bumped elbows with a friend of mine He looked so very sad So I thoughtfully told him “We will be just fine” We both looked up at the sky so blue I told him not to worry My words did comfort For he knew they were true As we

  • Selfishness not in short supply

    Dear Editor: A little bit of concern for others goes a long way, especially in times of trouble. It is regrettable to see the lack of that concern, as evidenced by the binge shopping that has been going on. County supermarkets have huge gaps on their shelves, not because of supply chain issues, but because

  • A symphony of incompetence

    Dear Editor: Re: “Where do we go from here?” a commentary by Hugh Bowden [March 12], God bless Hugh Bowden, the man, his mind and particularly his pen. I eagerly await his next piece on the symphony of incompetence that is the Trump administration. Wilson Thomas II Hancock and Hilton Head, S.C.

  • Suspend cruise ship visits

    Dear Editor: Friends of Frenchman Bay, a community association of people who live around Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park, asks the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to follow the Canadian example and suspend cruise ship landings in Bar Harbor until at least July 1. Americans have been warned by the U.S.

  • All hands on deck

    Dear Editor: Why all the commotion over COVID-19? Because of its potential to kill at least 350,000 Americans this year alone. And, that’s a conservative projection. This new coronavirus is nearly twice as contagious and 5 to 10 times more lethal than the flu. It’s been reported that 70 million to 150 million Americans will

  • Helping our neighbors Downeast

    Helping our neighbors Downeast

    Dear Editor: I have seen what seems to be a travel corridor for this virus bug right over my rooftop and it is all floating eastward like a milkweed seed pushed along by the wind. So I’m taking protective measures into my own hands. I attached two ladders to the rooftop and built a platform

  • Ties that bind and break

    Ties that bind and break

    Reviewed by Carl Little Special to The Ellsworth American MOUNT DESERT — Back in November, Maine novelist Richard Russo sat down with fellow writer Jennifer Boylan at the Portland Public Library to discuss his latest novel, “Chances Are….” At Boylan’s invitation, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner started out by reading an excerpt from the book,

  • Commentary: The war in Afghanistan began much earlier

    In a recent op-ed on a likely U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Marvin Ott remarks that the origins of our war there go back to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Actually, this date is a bit misleading. U.S. intervention in Afghanistan goes back a lot further, to the summer of 1979. In July of that

  • It’s enough to make you sick

    Dear Editor: After multiple Trump statements indicating the coronavirus was going to be contained in the United States, with the number of cases “… going to be down close to zero,” he now appears to acknowledge that containment has failed, and that wide-scale testing and treatment are necessary. On March 6, he announced that “Anybody