Commentary

  • An open letter to the residents of Ellsworth

    By Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D. Executive Vice President The Jackson Laboratory   To the residents of Ellsworth, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is excited to be opening a new facility here in Ellsworth. Many of you have already been most welcoming and your city leaders have worked hard to make our project possible. Thanks to all

  • Deeper insight needed on North Korea

    By Hugh Curran A recent article written by Marvin Ott [“The search for a silver bullet,” Ellsworth American, Nov. 30] avoids facing causative factors. His limited perspective betrays a lack of empathy or understanding about background issues involving North Korea. Although that country is being led by a paranoid young man of only 33 years

  • GOP tax reform would benefit the 1 percent

    If I go to the corner market (which on the Schoodic Peninsula is about 2 miles away) and buy a $1 lottery ticket whose jackpot is $5.5 million and then win, I know that I will be required under current laws to pay taxes on the full $5.5 million. This is not money I actually

  • Keep literary escape healthy, not horrifying

    By Fritz Spencer If we were to ask for a spot of cream or a teaspoon of sugar from a neighbor who has never experienced suffering, we would never find any. No home on Earth is secure from the icy blasts of fate. We may shut our windows, bar our doors, and fold a rug

  • Next session will be shorter, but challenging

    By Sen. Kimberley Rosen This week, I announced I will be seeking another term in the Maine Senate. If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected, it will be an honor to once again serve the people of Hancock and Penobscot counties in Senate District 8. Maine senators, like members of the House of Representatives,

  • The Trump economy

    By Phil Grant If we can get taxes down, keep energy prices down and avoid significantly higher medical costs, this economy has a chance to really boom. With tax incentives, more streamlined regulation and dollars available for training, Trump is enticing many businesses to come back to America to reinvest their profits here rather than

  • Downeast woods, jobs and global warming

    By Bill Beardsley The Downeast woods are where jobs and global warming are wed. For starters, Hancock and Washington are among the most forested and privately owned counties in the nation. Back 300 years ago when the King claimed that all the privately owned pine was his and fined our ancestors for their cutting, we

  • Ignoring the voters on Medicaid is perilous for Augusta

    By Alan Caron Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year. First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire who thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. Then they sent

  • Tapestries of afterthought: Remembering Richard Wilbur

    By Todd R. Nelson Richard Wilbur wrote poems you carry in your pocket for life, lines that, upon reading, you know you want to share. In “Ceremony,” an early poem, he could have been speaking of poems we choose to keep us company: “How much we are the woods we wander in.” Wilbur died on

  • Busting the myth of hospice

    By Barbara Sinclair What do you think when someone mentions hospice? All too often one thinks they are giving up and will die shortly, that nothing else can be done or that it’s only for when one needs morphine. I believe if people really understood the extent and loving care of hospice it would be