Letters to the editor

  • As a nation

    Dear Editor: We in the United States, through our hard work, have built a nation that is comprised of all the peoples of the world. We stand as a refuge for those who can not live in their own countries. Here they can find solace and opportunity. Together we are strong and able. Our greatness

  • The time for “thoughts and prayers” is over

    Dear Editor: The Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action, March for Our Lives, Everytown for Gun Safety and even Discover magazine all agree — we have a public health crisis on our hands. And like other public health crises this country has tackled, “thoughts and prayers” will not solve it. After a weekend with almost 30

  • Storm clouds on the horizon for Trump

    Dear Editor: We frequently hear paeans to the wonders of President Trump’s economic policies while denigrating the policies of his predecessor, including in this paper. The facts, however, paint a different picture. By typical economic measures such as GDP growth or jobs created you can’t see much difference between Trump and Obama. For example, in

  • The last refuge of the scoundrel

    Dear Editor:   Trump regularly hugs the American flag, yet he is incapable of embracing the American people. It is easy to hug the flag; it is difficult to defend it. It is easy to spout patriotic bromides; it is difficult to live by the ideals for which our flag stands. Bob Dole, George H.

  • A date filled with memories

    Dear Editor: Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Not unlike every life. We celebrate our beginnings with a birthday once a year. Our end is usually written about by someone else accompanied with a headstone or an urn. It’s that middle that clings to us as we age. Those are the

  • Trump’s strong economy

    Dear Editor: Mr. [Phil] Neal [“A false summary of the Trump economy,” Aug. 1] seems to have a problem with the facts about the U.S. economy. His assessment of the material in my commentary of July 25 is considerably off-base. The data I used for my commentary is accurate and well-documented, contrary to what Mr.

  • Please stop drugging our kids

    Dear Editor: What is perfect to you? The harsh reality of the media frenzy that causes high anxiety about the end of the world. The high-tech world that influences the younger generation. Is this unnatural state of mind really damaging the youth with video games and technology? They are playing wars in these games like

  • A sad and scary time for our democracy

    Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Angus King and Rep. Jared Golden on the subject of treason. For the last two years, I have seen the President repeatedly support Putin’s dismissal of the charge that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and call the investigation into the Russian actions

  • Maine’s lobster industry needs your help

    Dear Editor: A little over a week ago, we saw more than a thousand lobstermen flood the Stonington commercial pier. Almost the entire Maine delegation attended in person to demonstrate its support for lobstermen who are being unfairly targeted around the issue of right whale entanglement. Also speaking and demonstrating their support were Maine Governor

  • Opiate article raises more questions

    Dear Editor: I found the article about opiate availability in the July 25 edition interesting. There was one omission of principal sources of prescriptions — the hospitals dispensing from their pharmacies for patients use. I raise this question because as a patient for pneumonia this spring I was offered fentanyl for pain. I did not

  • Another flawed “analysis”

    Dear Editor: In June, I took you to task for printing the sycophantic nonsense of Phil Grant’s support of the Trump administration without giving a countervailing opinion an equal amount of the paper’s “real estate.” I suggested Roger Bowen as a possible qualified candidate for that role. Thus I was gratified to see Bowen and

  • Lighthouse cover a trip down memory lane

    Dear Editor:   What a pleasant surprise to see your “Out & About” supplement for August 2019 in The Ellsworth American because the featured lighthouse on the cover appears to be the old Prospect Harbor Light. If it is, there are many family connections because my uncle was the keeper and he and my aunt