• Commentary: A message to the Ellsworth community

    By Dale Hamilton Less than three weeks ago, Maine had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The speed at which this event has disrupted our lives is somewhat overwhelming. We are concerned for the people who have lost jobs, the businesses that have closed and the challenges that people are facing in meeting their basic

  • Stimulus presents an opportunity

    Dear Editor: We now have an approved stimulus plan. Of course there is “pork,” but hopefully the economic advisors and others who provided input have crafted something that will help stabilize our economy. Friends have posted many well-thought-out ideas or concepts to support sectors including tourism, fishing and farming. I want to promote the idea

  • Flying blind

    Dear Editor: I’m certain that many Hancock County residents like myself have been taking small comfort from the daily updates of state CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, which have thus far, shown the number of infected people in Maine to be a small number — and largely confined to southern Maine. In the numbers we’ve

  • Commentary: Apart yet together

    By Reps. Nicole Grohoski and Sarah Pebworth Since Maine’s first case of COVID-19 was announced on March 12, people across our state have sprung into action. We’ve quickly adapted to protect public health, from temporarily closing schools and businesses to working remotely, practicing physical distancing and more. We are both grateful and proud of our

  • No need to wait on reusable bags

    Dear Editor: Last week I was disappointed to learn that the Maine Legislature had voted to postpone the implementation date of the single-use carryout plastic bag ban enacted last year from April 22, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021. I understand and respect that the reason for the delay was to ease the burden on the

  • Keep up the good work

    Dear Editor: Thank you for your work on the frontlines, keeping us informed and safe, balanced and somewhat sane. Keep safe. Keep strong. Get the job done and keep well. Annlinn Kruger Bar Harbor

  • Ready for a rest

    Dear Editor: Rest for Trees Trees are ready for a rest. For so many days they go back and forth, back and forth, Hurrying to nowhere, but being forced there, For perfect posture upon rebound from each blow. Many impacts are too fast, In these days of push and pull, push and pull. Roll with

  • Helping our neighbors

    Dear Editor: I have seen what seems to be a travel corridor for this virus bug right over my rooftop and it is all floating eastward like a milkweed seed pushed along by the wind. So I’m taking protective measures into my own hands. I attached two ladders to the rooftop and built a platform

  • Hatred is poison, not antidote

    Humans are social creatures. Before the phrase “social distancing” entered our collective vocabulary, we took for granted casual chats with co-workers and meals shared with friends. Kids could play with their classmates at school and on playdates. People could gather to recreate, celebrate or mourn. Now, we’re being told to stay home and when venturing

  • Snowbirds should enter quarantine

    Dear Editor: Unless you live on the coast, you might be unaware that the snowbirds are returning early this season from New York, New Jersey and points south to escape the coronavirus. I heard these rumors, and then spoke with a person at a local grocery store filling her car with supplies. When I commented

  • Just say “no” to panic

    Dear Editor: As time goes on, I am realizing more and more how completely overblown the reaction to COVID-19 is. What if we started standing with dignity and saying “no” to panic? What if we contacted media outlets and asked them to stop spinning the same stories over and over and began broadcasting the testimonies