Commentary

  • “Déjà vu all over again”

    By Bill Beardsley Yogi Berra’s wit captures a sinking feeling related to the following quotes from History Channel host Brad Meltzer’s new best seller. “Many of these federal employees are now openly advocating for the destruction of the government they serve,” Meltzer writes. “…A great conspiracy to seize this Capitol and drive you [Mr. President]

  • Vote yes on bond questions to strengthen Maine’s economy

    When was the last time you dodged a pothole or experienced a poor internet connection? My guess is within the last few days. Just recently, I talked with a constituent who cannot practice telehealth from her home in Ellsworth because of a poor connection. The reason for her call? Worrying about internet access for people

  • Council got it wrong on library cuts

    By Ron Fortier With so much press and electronic media time being dedicated to the Ellsworth Public Library funding issue, I feel that a few facts might need to be brought to light to better understand the whole picture. Many of the statements which have been made both by members of the City Council and

  • Library cuts are a matter of fairness

    By Dale Hamilton We understand that the proposed cuts to the city of Ellsworth library are a source of concern for some residents of Ellsworth. Many comments that we have received demonstrate that there is a lack of understanding regarding the rationale behind the proposal. As elected officials, it is important to be transparent with

  • The nose can be deadlier than the fist

    By Cliff Guthrie “Your right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins.” This saying, or something like it, is often aired when people argue about their civil and human rights, and it is helpful as far as it goes. As children, we learn that our rights are not absolute when we have to

  • A recession could be the least of our worries

    By Michael Hall I don’t want my grandson to grow up in a dystopian post-apocalyptic wasteland of radioactive fallout and nuclear blasted cities. I don’t want my country to be responsible for killing a half billion Chinese citizens. The economic repercussions of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic may leave us no choice if we want to

  • Flexibility and teamwork

    By Rep. Sarah Pebworth It was back in December when reports of coronavirus first started to arise. While cases in China were quickly growing and news was spreading globally, the virus was too far away to feel real to most of us. We simply didn’t believe the virus would make its way here, and we

  • Hero, hopefully

    By Roger W. Bowen Sarah Blake’s best-selling novel “The Guest Book” is a story about three generations of an old blue-blood family that buys half of an island in Penobscot Bay for a song in the 1930s and relies on it as the perfect summer refuge from their whirligig lives in New York City. As

  • Misguided fire on briefings

    By Richard J. Marshuetz The headline caught my attention [“The new Five O’Clock Follies,” EA, April 23], hinting as it did of a parallel between the Vietnam War and today’s COVID-19 emergency. But as I read the piece, I was increasingly disappointed by the fact that it was not about war or disease but rather

  • We need to deliver for the USPS

    By Sen. Angus King For more than 200 years, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night has prevented the men and women of the United States Postal Service from fulfilling their duty to keep Americans in touch with one another. These days, we can add “pandemic” to the list — because even

  • To stay afloat, Maine’s lobster industry needs support

    By Sara Gideon Throughout the state, Maine people and businesses are confronting an unprecedented set of challenges right now. The coronavirus pandemic has upended families and communities across the state, and it is hitting Maine’s lobster industry particularly hard. From Kittery to Lubec, lobstermen were already worried about President Trump’s harmful trade war with China