Articles by: Guest


  • The Battle Hymn of the Donald

    Dear Editor:   Walking past 13 Chestnut St. on Boston’s Beacon Hill, one notes that the progressive poet Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was living here when the Atlantic Monthly published her pro-Union anthem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1862. In these troubled times, one can almost hear her singing this updated version:  

  • The tragedy at the border

    Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King. Dear Sens. Collins and King: I am writing to you out of a deep sense of frustration about the so-called “crisis at the border,” which should be renamed “tragedy at the border.” The tragedy is the unconscionable treatment of hundreds of

  • A false summary of the Trump economy

    Dear Editor: Regarding “Why such growth in GDP? It’s President Trump’s policies” (July 25), there are too many unsubstantiated claims made to focus on each. I leave that to those who know how to fact-check. I’ll focus on the most glaring misrepresentation, that the current administration’s policies are responsible for better economic growth (as reflected

  • Who belongs here?

    By Todd R. Nelson   It’s a commonplace statement: “We are a nation of immigrants,” each with a family story arc originating elsewhere. Many are several generations away from their actual immigrant experience; some of us new arrivals. We forget how to embrace the strength in that history. After all, just what is an American?

  • Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    By Ellen Booraem Special to The Ellsworth American BROOKSVILLE — In the pantheon of infuriating fictional mothers, Tennessee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield ranks high. But she’s also heart-breaking, and a production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” succeeds only if her actor manages to convey both of those qualities. Bagaduce Theatre’s “Menagerie” does succeed: Director Patricia Conolly

  • GSA’s Seeley judges English contest in China

    GSA’s Seeley judges English contest in China

    By Mark Messer Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — Though school is not in session in summer, administrators and staff are still busy preparing for the upcoming school year. Even so, there’s usually a chance to get away, and George Stevens Academy’s head of school has quite a tale to tell about a

  • Franklin News of Neighbors

    Jenna Shorey Correspondent The Franklin Historical Society will hold its annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, July 28, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Franklin Veterans Club on Route 182 in Franklin. The price is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Fundraising efforts include restoration projects on the East Franklin Schoolhouse. Summer raffle

  • You can’t fix stupid

    Dear Editor: A public thanks to our state Legislature and Governor Mills. Dear members of our Legislature and Governor Mills: I am so proud of you all. Imagine all the lives you have potentially saved with your recent actions to ban the use of hand-held cell phones when operating a vehicle. I’m very sure that

  • Why such growth in GDP?

    Obama said it was impossible. But that was under Obama economic policies. With Trump as president we have a whole new set of pro-growth economic policies. The socialist-leaning Obama was simply accelerating federal debt increase by pumping money into the economy adding, by far, the most to federal debt we have ever seen during one

  • Under Trump, it’s RIP for the GOP

    America’s first Republican president said it best. A nation divided against itself cannot stand. For that matter, neither can Lincoln’s badly divided party.   On the one side of the GOP are traditional conservatives who believe that the Trump presidency is a disaster. Real conservatives care about pragmatism, the character of political leaders, the rule

  • Cut out the middleman on health care

    Dear Editor: Lynn Cheney’s letter in The Ellsworth American on July 11 [“Mainers need more than ‘feel-good’ measures when it comes to health care”] points out one of the reasons for our high health care costs — “insurers do not have an incentive to limit hospital, provider and drug prices since higher prices boost their