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  • What are political parties good or? Plenty, actually

    By Lee H. Hamilton If you take a dim view of our political parties, you’re in sterling company. So did George Washington. In his Farewell Address, he warned us against “the baneful effects of the spirit of [political] party.” A political party, he wrote, “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the

  • A great opportunity in District 137

    Dear Editor: We have a wonderful opportunity in Maine House District 137 to really change the ugly name calling and partisan gridlock that has been making our state government a miserable, ineffective place to work. This November, we can vote for Doug Bunker, a man who is dedicated above all to civility and making our

  • An enlightening, rewarding experience

    Dear Editor: This company was fortunate to be asked to participate in an exhibit at the Blue Hill Fair this year. I can now appreciate how much work goes into creating and operating a feature exhibit for a five-day event such as the fair. Having been “a local” for most of my life (I’ll never

  • In the Right Place

    In the Right Place

    Editor’s note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. The former Washington, D.C., trial lawyer and his architect wife, Barbara, summered in Brooklin for more than 25

  • Stronger action needed on climate change

    Dear Editor: Growing up in Old Town and owning a family camp in Ellsworth gives me great appreciation for the abundant opportunities to spend quality time enjoying the woods and waters of Hancock, Washington and Penobscot counties. As an avid outdoorsman, it’s hard not to notice the warmer summer days and drier months that are

  • Backing Bragdon in District 136

    Dear Editor: I am so delighted to recommend Kylie Bragdon for Maine State House of Representatives in District 136. I have been privileged to know Kylie and her family for years, and I know she will work hard and honestly for ordinary people like myself when she gets to Augusta. Kylie says she considers herself

  • Once burned, twice shy

    Dear Editor: It would seem that Senator Collins believes that if Brett Kavanaugh tells her that Roe v. Wade is settled law then it means he wouldn’t vote to dismantle or repeal it. Isn’t this the same Senator Collins who believed Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan’s ironclad promises regarding legislation for lower health care premiums

  • Stonewalling works both ways

    Dear Editor: Stephen Fay, whose expertise in oenology and topics culinary is legendary, seems to have forgotten that ditty “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” He laments the liberal stonewalling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (the gander) but fails to mention Sen. McConnell’s refusal to even consider Obama nominee Merrick

  • Pulling for Pebworth in November

    Dear Editor: After meeting and talking with Sarah Pebworth, we are totally convinced that Sarah will make a great state representative for the Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick and Surry area. Sarah is running as a Clean Election candidate, which makes her more responsive to all the citizens of Maine rather than only those