Articles by: Guest


  • Keep up the fight against Alzheimer’s

    Dear Editor: One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. The only leading cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, it is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I was fortunate to meet

  • Moderates should unite around social justice

    Dear Editor: If you wish to change the course of our country from radical swings back and forth from left to right, moderates need an animating principle. That principle should be social justice. New York Times columnist David Brooks says the big idea that counteracts our core problems is “love your neighbor.” He ends “An

  • One size does not fit all on library funding

    Dear Editor: Last week, The American brought news of the Ellsworth City Council’s discussion with the Ellsworth Public Library to seek less costly funding means for the city. There are a few important facts that need emphasis here. 1) Ellsworth is a “service center community” as defined by the Maine State Municipal and Planning Assistance

  • Silence is Golden

    Dear Editor: There is an expectation in this republic that the duly elected representative of the people will represent the people. Not so for the voters of Congressional District 2 (CD2) in the state of Maine. As the freshman representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has established herself as the standard bearer of the Democratic

  • Long decline temporarily arrested

    Dear Editor: When I was a kid growing up on Oak Street, milk was delivered to our door. I took the cream off the top before anyone else in the family awoke. Bangor Daily News circulation was nearly 90,000 daily. Dad’s income was $18,000 yearly and his new 330-horsepower Dodge convertible cost $3,000. I dug

  • A turn for the verse

    Dear Editor: Did you fall yet?   Did you fall yet and break your right wrist? Did you forget to put sanding on the top of your list? Did you land with a thump and bruise your left arm? Or did you break your hip heading down to the farm? Did they call the ambulance

  • Balanced federal budget desperately needed

    By Ken Shea Many thanks to the Makeshift Coffee House Group and the Flexit Café in particular for hosting the forum on the U.S. Constitution at Ellsworth High School on Feb. 10. The session was well run and very informative. I left with a greater appreciation of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers for crafting

  • A job well done

    Dear Editor: When my husband and I settled in the Ellsworth area in 1980, I did the majority of my grocery shopping at what was then Doug’s Shop and Save, located where L.L. Bean is now. When the store moved to the other side of High Street, I followed. And when it became Hannaford, I