Letters to the editor

  • A champion for those with disabilities

    Dear Editor: We would like to thank Rep. Richard Malaby for being a tireless supporter and advocate for individuals with disabilities. He supported our years-long efforts to establish housing for young adults with disabilities in Bar Harbor. He wrote legislation to support our efforts, and worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to

  • A disgraceful display in Gouldsboro

    Dear Editor: Disgraceful. The town of Gouldsboro goes to the trouble and expense of displaying the flag of the United States on the main roads through the town, particularly the village of Prospect Harbor. A fine display of patriotism. The disgraceful part is what happens next: Nothing. The flags get worn, tattered and torn, wrapped

  • A giant of a gentleman

    Dear Editor: I had the opportunity to meet with Doug Bunker at a cocktail party, and when he began to speak, I knew I was in the presence of a giant of a gentleman. The truth of him, his honesty and his integrity became clearly evident. I came away knowing he would bring all sides

  • Arruda will get things done in Augusta

    Dear Editor: I am supporting Nathalie Arruda, Democratic Maine House candidate in the Orland/Penobscot/Prospect/Dedham/Otis area, because she will work tirelessly to address the concerns of the people in her district. I was at the recent Orland Methodist Church bean supper sitting near Nathalie Arruda when Nathalie recognized a woman sitting across from her. Nathalie Arruda

  • The value of Clean Elections

    Dear Editor: State Rep. Larry Lockman objects to a $3 million-per-year Clean Election expenditure (July 19 Ellsworth American commentary), comparing this program to crack cocaine addiction. He mistakes the rate by a factor of two since the expenditure is for each two-year election cycle, and is therefore only $1.5 million per year. Rep. Lockman does

  • Continuous excellence

    Dear Editor: The news of the pending sales of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander is understandable to some still manning the ink-stained trenches of newspapering, especially to those of us who publish small community weeklies. The pressures are many, and they will continue. Even the most respected voices in the dwindling choir

  • Mills the right choice for governor

    Dear Editor: For the well-being of my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and myself, I am supporting Janet Mills for governor of our great state of Maine. Janet has an outstanding record as a public servant in our state. In 1980, she was elected district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, a position she was

  • Poliquin reaches beyond party lines

    Dear Editor: As politicians continue to divide party lines, Congressman Poliquin leads by reaching across to the aisle to work with Democrats. Congressman Poliquin has been working alongside fellow Democratic Maine Congresswoman Pingree to be able to better serve the people of Maine. Bruce has helped reduce regulations and unnecessary costs to Maine’s lobster industry

  • Suffragists laid a solid foundation

    Dear Editor: The suffrage movement, for women’s right to vote, started in 1848. It focused on women’s inability to vote. The fight lasted for 72 years before its ratification on Aug. 18, 1920. On Nov. 2 of that year, 8 million women across the United States voted for the first time. The movement’s creed: “We

  • A case of profits over public health

    Dear Editor: At a recent meeting of the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly, the United States sought to undermine an international resolution that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” It reportedly did so as a way to curry favor with infant formula manufacturers, putting corporate profit above public health. As the WIC