• Going too far

    A pair of Maine lawmakers apparently would like to enable all “law-abiding” Mainers to be armed with a concealed handgun and a switchblade knife as they go about their daily pursuits. Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn is sponsoring a bill (LD 652) to allow Maine gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without

  • Farewell, Carle

    A good friend of The Ellsworth American left us last week, just days before his 95th birthday. Carle Gray, who made his home in Sullivan, was a certified public accountant who retired as senior partner of the Gray, Horton & McFarland accounting firm in 1986. He died on Feb. 20 at the Island Nursing Home

  • Taking a second look

    A newly constituted Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 last week to reopen the bidding process on a pair of long-term energy contracts previously approved by the commission. Even before that vote, Governor Paul LePage had come under fire from some quarters for advocating the reconsideration. The two contracts in question involve Emera Maine and

  • The Internet superhighway

    Ellsworth city councilors made a decision last week that could mean faster Internet service for businesses and residences along a two-mile stretch from Water Street to Commerce Park. The council voted unanimously to lease a small plot of land at the site of the old sewage treatment plant on Water Street for to the Ellsworth

  • Don’t shrink the Guard

    Under President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for 2016, our nation’s active U.S. Army would shrink from 390,000 to 375,000 men and women. At the same time, the Army National Guard would be reduced from 350,200 to 342,000. Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, believes — rightly, in our view

  • Charter school funding

    Maine’s Legislature would do well to enact legislation proposed by a pair of Hancock County legislators to shift the funding burden for charter school tuition from local property taxpayers to the state. Republican Sen. Brian Hubbell of Ellsworth and Democratic Rep. Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor are sponsoring LD 131, under which the state would

  • Maine hydropower

    For the first time since 1992, Maine now has an inventory of existing and potential hydropower resources. A study recently completed for the Governor’s Energy Office identified 110 sites at powered and non-powered dams with the potential for installation of 193 megawatts of additional capacity. Based on current market conditions, the study concluded that only

  • Where the money is

    Asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton, the prolific stick-up man of yesteryear, replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Ask employers where the greater part of their money is and they will reply, “Salaries.” And not just any salaries, but the salaries of full-time employees, whose compensation usually includes benefits — as it should.

  • A terrible precedent

    With the exception of one member, the Ellsworth City Council showed a disappointing lack of courage last week when it revisited, yet again, the recently enacted ordinance regulating the use of fireworks in the city. Just two weeks ago, the council enacted an ordinance under which the use of fireworks would be prohibited within that

  • To protect and to serve

    At a time when trust has broken down between police departments and the people they are charged with serving and protecting in communities across the country, Ellsworth Police Chief Chris Coleman and his 16-officer department offer a compelling and reassuring contrast. Coleman, a retired state police officer who took command of the Ellsworth department in