Letters to the editor

  • A closer look at the Second Amendment

    Dear Editor: In the turbulent wake of yet another round of mass murders by gunfire — this time in Las Vegas — it is time to reread the Second Amendment to seek assurance in our time of shock and confusion. The amendment contains 27 words divided into four sections and separated by three commas. In

  • Don’t make Bar Harbor, park overcrowding worse

    For many years, Bar Harbor, through its Town Council, has dreamed of becoming a star cruise ship destination for the Northeast coast. It has essentially achieved that goal, growing from 64 visits in 2002 to 164 cruise ship visits planned this year. In 2016, it hosted a total of 232,000 passengers, approximately 95,000 crew, from

  • Can we talk?

    Dear Editor: I’m related to the first person executed for murder in the U.S. You may not have heard of him, but his name was John Billington and he came over on the Mayflower. He was a troublemaker who killed a fellow colonist and was hanged in 1630. My grandmother bravely fought for women’s access

  • Send a message to LePage in November

    Dear Editor: As Maine voters who believe that health care is a right, we strongly support Question 2 in the November election. This measure expands Medicaid coverage in Maine. At present, 70,000 Mainers have no choice but to go to emergency rooms when they need urgent care. Passage of Question 2 would allow hospitals to

  • Upside down patriotism

    Dear Editor: With all the uproar of what is or isn’t hate speech or symbols that offend, here are a couple questions. Would the sight of our nation’s flag being flown upside down on a house in your neighborhood be offensive? Would this display be considered hate speech? My first thought was to contact the

  • Volunteerism at its best

    Dear Editor: Friends in Action’s mission is to offer free services to elderly and disabled residents of Hancock County so that they can live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life. This last weekend, Friends in Action hosted their annual auction/dinner event to not only raise funds for the programs they provide, but

  • A rocking good summer in Bucksport

    Dear Editor: Bucksport’s Wednesday on Main third annual summer event program concluded last Wednesday evening with the final of four music documentary films being shown at the Alamo Theatre. We had a wonderful crowd. And every Wednesday this summer, starting June 14, all summer long, we had a live event somewhere on Main Street, on

  • Another symptom of a sick health care system

    Dear Editor: Karen Jo Young’s firing for her whistleblower revelations (EA, 9/28/17, Page 1, below the fold) is yet another sign that something is very wrong with our health care system. Any industry that can only survive by merging, consolidating, becoming bigger and granting all power to the bean counters will end up harming the

  • Immigrants help keep Maine moving

    Dear Editor: What a shame that you published Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s (R-Amherst) commentary “Let’s drop race-based identity politics” in your Sept. 21 paper. He has a well-documented history of hateful, racist and xenophobic remarks and this piece was no different. Not only was his diatribe against non-white people, immigrants and those who are rightfully allied

  • Less spending, more sacrifice

    Dear Editor: As I’ve listened to the claim that my Republican Party is making a large tax cut for businesses and individuals and will create millions of high-paying jobs and grow the economy enough to balance the budget and start paying down debt, my beliefs on how nonsense such as this sells in America is