Articles by: Guest


  • Dangerous territory

    Dear Editor: As president of Katahdin Area Council, BSA, I am writing to express our great concern and opposition to Governor LePage’s proposed taxation of real estate owned by nonprofit organizations. We, like a lot of other nonprofits, are financially fragile. The proposed legislation would have a devastating effect on our mission of giving 3,000

  • A standard for everyone

    Dear Editor: Early in March, Michael Willette, a Republican representative from Presque Isle, posted on Facebook a photo of President Obama originally posted by Conservative News Daily that featured a caption saying, “Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at the family reunion.” Such humor. Obama is Muslim. He is

  • A modern-day Herod

    Dear Editor: A beautiful Olde English ballad references the New Testament: “And King Herod, in his raging…” In Israel’s Netanyahu, we witness a contemporary reincarnation, turning a subservient Congress, on its feet, clapping deliriously, into reasonable facsimiles of the American Israel Political Action Committee, found to be our country’s most powerful lobby. Israel, of course,

  • A fitting tribute

    Dear Editor: The recent commentary by Pat Perry concerning the passing of Bud Holland of Gouldsboro was a beautifully written tribute to a man who is like so many Maine people who go about their lives, little realizing the positive effects they are having on their friends and neighbors. Pat really captured the essence of

  • Collaborative budget process

    In its March 13 edition, the bi-weekly Quoddy Tides of Eastport commented editorially on a matter that is of keen importance to this newspaper, and one that, in our opinion, does not get sufficient attention in Maine publications. While Editor Edward French focused primarily on Washington County communities, his well-reasoned thoughts, which appear in these

  • Renewable hydropower

    Since Maine legislators gave fast track, favorable status to wind power development in 2009, Maine has suffered under that legislation. Despite the fact that the constant flow of water is one of the cleanest and most reliable sources of energy for electricity generation, under Maine law, hyrdopower facilities generating more than 100 megawatts of electricity

  • Old school progress reports

    By Todd R. Nelson If you were a fourth-grader at the Eggertsville Elementary School in Eggertsville, N.Y., in the early 1940s, citizenship occupied fully half of the small blue report card that you took home to your parents at the end of each marking period — six times a year. Citizenship was complicated! It was

  • Frightening behavior by GOP

    Dear Editor: Thank you to Sen. Collins for abstaining from the letter that 47 of her fellow Republican senators sent to the Iranian government. She gave thoughtful and excellent reasons for not signing the letter: that it was more appropriate for the Senate to advise the President and that the Iranians were unlikely to be

  • A community’s loss

    By Pat Perry The community of Gouldsboro lost a lot in recent days when we lost Bud Holland to cancer. Bud was the proprietor of Holland’s Garage in West Bay, the longtime social and blue-collar hub of our area. I remember vividly as a little boy, following closely on my father’s heels as we entered

  • Wind power, energy security and CO2

    Dear Editor: In 2008, the Maine Legislature passed the emergency Wind Energy Act (WEA). By legislating expedited permitting of wind projects over much of Maine, the WEA purported to increase energy independence and security and reduce CO2 production. But, something was wrong with that premise. First, electricity was never Maine’s source of energy insecurity. According