Articles by: Guest


  • Encroaching oligarchy

    To the Editor: For far too long Americans have conflated democracy and capitalism. Abetted by so-called “corporate personhood” that conflation has only worsened in the past two or three decades and it is now ever more clear that capitalism has won and that American democracy is in retreat. Capitalism — at least as currently practiced

  • Mills: Open enrollment starts now

    Dear Editor: Health care, we all know, saves lives. It shouldn’t be a luxury, or a privilege reserved for well-to-do people, and yet more than 106,000 Maine people still do not have health insurance. That’s just unacceptable. Everyone gets sick. Everyone needs to go to the doctor sometimes. As Governor, my top priority is to

  • Some of us

    Dear Editor: Most of us were very young when we entered the military Most of us were scared Some of us were filled with self-doubt Most of us missed our freedom We marched, we jumped, we swam, we marched, we shot, we saluted…we marched We received our orders Some of us swabbed the deck Some

  • It’s time for universal broadband

    Dear Editor: Unless the internet suddenly disappears (and I hate to think how that might happen), it’s safe to assume that we all will become more and more dependent on it. So, given its importance, why don’t we have universal broadband in our homes and businesses? Taiwan, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark and many others have much

  • A key point on recycling

    Dear Editor: Thank you to The Ellsworth American and the League of Women Voters for hosting the candidates forum on Tuesday, Oct. 22. I appreciated hearing directly from each candidate. When presented with a question about recycling in Ellsworth, I noticed that candidate Edward (Matthias) Kamin III was the only one who mentioned the word

  • GOP must put country over party

    Dear Editor: This is a question for Sen. Collins. Do you believe, as Trump’s private attorney William S. Consovoy stated in the U.S. Court of Appeals, that a sitting president could literally murder someone and not be prosecuted, or even investigated for doing so, as long as they are in office? I hope and presume

  • Angels with hidden wings

    Dear Editor: My beloved mother laid there in her hospital bed, while we were caught between the turbulence of decisions laid before us. With diminished options dealt, doctors tossing opinions and medical terminology into yearning ears, we stood in the middle of a revolving tornado. Our selfish love wanting her with us as she always

  • Going above and beyond for Ellsworth

    Dear Editor: As most of you who follow what is going on in this city know, the Oct. 21 council meeting was Gary Fortier’s last meeting as a councilor. I have known Gary since we both were a great deal younger, but I have really gotten to know him since serving together on the council

  • Angels in Bar Harbor

    Dear Editor: There are many angels in and around Bar Harbor and my husband and I met them. The end of September, he became ill while we were visiting Mount Desert Island. He was admitted to Mount Desert Island Hospital and was there for a week. I want to thank the two ladies at the

  • Electricity and Ellsworth: follow the money

    Dear Editor: I would like to see a reporter follow the money. Some of both present-day Ellsworth city councilors and Hancock County commissioners have said that “we get our electricity from the Ellsworth dam.” Is that true? Being designed and maintained as a “peaking power plant,” I have the understanding that most or all of

  • Drug pricing bills need support

    Dear Editor: On behalf of our 230,000 members, AARP Maine thanks Congressman Jared Golden for participating in our recent tele-town hall on prescription drug costs. Nearly 3,500 Mainers participated in the forum and many asked questions of Congressman Golden live during the call. Much of the discussion focused on the latest news from Washington, including

  • Lobster landings  ‘are way off’

    Lobster landings ‘are way off’

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald ELLSWORTH — The state’s lobster catch is “way off” so far this year, according to Maine’s top fishing regulator. As of the end of September, Maine fishermen had landed less than 50 million pounds of lobster, said Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. That is