• Retirement savings lag

    Governor Janet Mills recently announced AARP Maine has designated the Pine Tree State as Age-Friendly because her administration committed to building livable communities “to make Maine a better place to live across generations.” Let’s help the state and AARP Maine move beyond kitschy designations by finding ways to bolster savings of working Mainers. A sufficient

  • From voters to voted in

    One hundred years ago this month, the Maine Legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” By August 1920, the required 36 states had ratified the

  • Cyberwar

    National defense strategy has traditionally focused on the role of military forces (air, land and sea) supplemented by intelligence operations (espionage and covert disruptions of an adversary’s economy and government). With the launch of Russia’s Sputnik in 1957 a new arena opened up — space. Intercontinental ballistic missiles and surveillance satellites became integral to American

  • Maine women are prospering like never before

    By Sen. Kimberley Rosen I have had the good fortune to serve in the Maine House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012 and now in the State Senate since 2014 and what a difference a few years can make. Serving in the minority in the legislature during my first several years, I witnessed budget deficits,

  • A turn for the verse

    Dear Editor: As we have our summer home on MDI, our most frequently read newspaper is the Islander, but we often get the EA from the rack or the digital version when at home in Ohio. Anyway, I noticed recently that the poems, usually by James Russell Wiggins, have not been showing up under or

  • Proceed with caution on Part D plans

    Dear Editor: Recently I went to medicare.gov to compare next year’s Part D plans for myself and my husband. After registering, listing my prescriptions and the drugstore I use, the website showed a list of available plans with their total costs (drugs plus premiums). Clicking for detailed information about one of the less expensive plans,

  • A life of service and dignity

    Dear Editor: I would like to pay tribute to a special friend of mine, Conrad Beaulieu. Conrad lived a life of service to others. I didn’t know him when he was serving in the Army in Okinawa, serving as a missionary in Guatemala or taking care of his mother in her last years while teaching

  • A ditty for Donald

    Dear Editor: A nursery rhyme, with apology to Little Miss Muffet. Little Don Trump Sat on his rump And told Turkey invasion’s OK. Then Putin said, “Fine, now Syria’s mine, and the Kurds will be frightened away.” Virginia Hawrylycz Surry

  • A little history

    Dear Editor: As luck would have it, over the past weekend I stumbled upon Vol. 1, No. 129 of The Ellsworth Daily News dated Feb. 26, 1934 (and costing 2 cents). The following article caught my eye: “One Week from Today” One week from today Ellsworth elects its first City Council, and from the nine

  • Beauty vs. function

    Dear Editor: I have no right to write this letter. I do not live in Ellsworth, do not pay taxes in Ellsworth, and I no longer work in Ellsworth. I do, however, appreciate beauty, and I will use that as my “permission” platform. I read with dismay the article concerning the Ellsworth Library in the

  • A recipe for bad news

    Dear Editor: I agree with the editorial in the Nov. 8 edition, “Relieving pressure on jails.” The best way to reduce crime is to stop arresting and jailing so many people. The problem with the editorial is that it’s plagiarized. The Portland Press Herald and Kennebec Journal did a very similar editorial about a week