• It’s getting ugly out there

    By Roger Bowen For a good number of years I headed the Gouldsboro Democratic Party, the minority party in our town and in many of the towns and villages in the Second Congressional District. The Gouldsboro Dems are a convivial lot, and our members seem to bear no ill will toward the local GOP or

  • Commentary Collins at the crossroads again

    By Geoffrey P. Hunt After U.S. Sen. Susan Collins voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in October 2018, I penned a column in The Ellsworth American where I hailed her integrity, and temerity in the face of ugly smears and outright threats of violence against her staff and herself. In refusing to

  • Senate race sinks deeper into the muck

    Debate No. 2 for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat is a wrap, leaving the standing of the four candidates much as the first debate did. Sen. Susan Collins had recovered her equanimity, coming on a little more relaxed, a little less brittle. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon remained in good command of the policy issues, avoiding

  • Standing by our oaths

    By Maureen Ramsey I am a disabled veteran, a Gold Star wife, a Blue Star mom and a retired after 32 years Department of the Army civilian living in Lubec. I have served stateside and overseas including an 18-month deployment to Afghanistan. I retired here to rediscover nature and the peace I found in Maine

  • Polishing Maine’s crown jewel

    By Alf Anderson As executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, I have the extraordinary opportunity to see all the tremendous things going on in our region. Every year we watch people come from all over the world to tour our beautiful island and all it has to offer. Being involved with a

  • The king holds his daily briefing

    By Todd R. Nelson The sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, resounded through the halls of King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. It was signaling the Babylonian press corps to take their assigned seats in the king’s briefing chamber, prepare their styluses and cuneiform tablets — pronto. His eminence, light

  • Maine and Saudi Arabia: Growing trade and trust

    By H. Delano Roosevelt It was near the end of World War II when my grandfather, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, sat down with Saudi Arabia’s first leader, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud, to lay the foundation of an enduring economic, strategic and cultural alliance between our two nations. This meeting, which took place on Feb. 14, 1945, in

  • North Maine Woods offers respite, perception

    By Fred Hastings It took about 40 minutes after leaving paved highway in Portage to reach our cabins in the Deboullie Public Reserved Lands near the northern Canadian border, kicking up the dry dirt as we navigated the gravel byways that left our rear window covered in dust. A few miles in we encountered a

  • A Supreme Court numbers game

    By Paul Mills “We’d fill it,” the three words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when asked what the GOP would do if a High Court vacancy occurred in the last year of the President’s term. News that 87-year old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is confronting another cancer diagnosis has reignited speculation that the Trump

  • Safe schools call for all hands on deck

    By Gordon Donaldson Making our schools safe for our kids and teachers is perhaps the most important thing we all will do this fall. The stakes are super high. If one person shows up at your local school with COVID, the school will almost certainly shut down. Kids will stay home. Parents (and other caregivers)

  • Time to get serious on COVID — for everyone’s sake

    By Rep. Brian Hubbell The United States is known for breaking records, but this record is troubling. Just recently, the United States reached over 75,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day — breaking the previous record by over 10,000. This brings the total number of cases in the United States to over 5 million

  • Store up summer’s warmth

    By Rep. Sarah Pebworth We have a few more weeks to enjoy Maine’s summer by swimming, eating fresh blueberries, getting takeout and picnicking by the water, trading zucchini recipes and sharing jokes (Why do Mainers lock their cars in August? To prevent people from filling their back seats with zucchini! How do you know when