• Be careful about what you create

    At a special town meeting in Deer Isle last June, voters decided to follow the example of many other Maine towns and hire a town manager. Jim Fisher, formerly of the Hancock County Planning Commission, got the job. Fisher has been on the job since January, working in the interests of the town’s 1,975 residents.

  • GSA’s championship season

    Last week, the George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team captured its third straight Class C Boys’ State Championship basketball title by defeating Hall-Dale High School in the tournament title game in Augusta. Led by seniors Max Mattson, Stefan Simmons and state Mr. Basketball finalist Taylor Schildroth — who tied a Class C record with five

  • Fulford and Bunker: Hope for eastern Maine

    Dear Editor: How fortunate we are to have such a great lineup of candidates running to replace Bruce Poliquin for Maine Congressional District 2. A representative in name only, he has not been serving the people of eastern Maine. It’s time for him to go — and what a refreshing change, feeling torn between good

  • Keep those extra puzzles coming

    Dear Editor: This is the second year in a row that you have included an “Extra” puzzle section with the paper. My wife and I are avid puzzle people and very much appreciate the additional puzzle additions. It’s one reason we will keep our subscription in the future. Thanks. Jim and Kathy Zeman Bucksport

  • House Republicans misinformed on jail closure

    Dear Editor: Virtually every day since Governor LePage closed the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport on Feb. 9, I have thought about my 40 fellow state employees who were laid off. Despite losing their jobs, some of those workers traveled daily to Augusta to support LD 1704, which would continue funding the Downeast Correctional Facility.

  • Mueller is getting the job done

    Dear Editor: Bobby “Three Sticks” Mueller (The Lone Ranger) is doing his job with precision and absolutely no nonsense. He is the antipathy of his target, the Putin organized crime syndicate. This may sound like over-the-top partisanship, but it’s closer to the truth than most of us could imagine. Our very democracy is at risk.

  • Road worriers need a better approach

    Dear Editor: LD 1806, put forth by Rep. Wayne Parry, is an inequitable attempt to fix a broken road-financing system by slapping a tax on battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrids. All citizens benefit from roads whether they own a vehicle or not, regardless of how many miles they drive. Their heating fuel is delivered on

  • The bipartisan fallacy

    Dear Editor: My state senator, Brian Langley (R-Hancock County), asked a question many Democrats around the country have to field: Are there “maverick” Democrats analogous to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) who purportedly put country ahead of party? Sen. Langley’s impassioned critique of the supposedly ideologically rigid Democrats has an easy answer, but does raise another