Letters to the editor

  • Beware of heavily edited videos

    Dear Editor: I am concerned about the apparent intelligence and education level of our nation’s lawmakers. In theory, they should have more than a high school education. I taught high school for more than just a few years. I often dealt with programs and activities that showed how to spot the bias that exists in

  • Top 10 reasons to end the Cuban embargo

    Dear Editor: As Congress ponders whether to change U.S.-Cuba policy in the wake of the President’s initiative toward normalization of relations, I offer the following Top Ten Reasons to End the Blockade Against Cuba: It’s “bizarre.” (Wayne Smith, former head of U.S. Interests Section in Havana.) Trade restrictions are harmful to U.S. business. The blockade

  • Thanks from Mirus Academy

    Dear Editor: The Mirus Academy Board would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Robert Littlejohn, Ph.D., for his thought-provoking lecture on how modern neuroscience validates the historic methods of classical teaching and learning. Dr. Littlejohn’s talk took place on July 25 at the Maine Sea Coast Mission in Bar Harbor, and is the

  • Maine’s loss, the country’s gain

    Dear Editor: Jill Goldthwait’s column, “Are They Birds of a Feather?” has me thinking. A Trump-LePage ticket would be exciting. Trump will want an experienced governor as his vice presidential running mate. Our loss, the country’s gain. Steve Crabtree Hancock

  • Goose Cove aquaculture site a safety hazard

    Dear Editor: As a resident of Trenton, I was alarmed by the article in the Mount Desert Islander (Aug. 13) on the approval to build the biggest aquaculture operation in Maine (50 acres) in Goose Cove, right in the flight path to and from Bar Harbor Airport and at a distance much less than considered

  • Bee skeptical

    Dear Editor: Recently I wrote supporting commercial beekeepers for keeping bee colony numbers at a 30-year high. However, a recent issue of Science (July 10, p. 126) suggests a class of wild bumblebees that …. “aren’t keeping up with a warming planet,” referencing a second detailed article in the same issue (pp. 177-180) indicating the

  • An emendation

    Dear Editor: Although my numbers in my column on “Distributed Energy” (Aug. 20) were correct, they need emendation. I say the average per-person consumption of electricity is about 14,900 kWh per year. That is the total annual electricity use divided by the population.  To compare the California solar contribution, I should have multiplied the average

  • Some thoughts on transportation issues

    Dear Editor: Regarding the Aug. 6 editorial “Federal highway funding,” your support of a gas tax increase, particularly at a time when gas prices are on a downward trend, and the fact that a 5-cent increase would hardly be noticed puts you in solid agreement with President Ronald Reagan, who in 1983 raised the gas

  • An important talk

    On behalf of the Hancock County Democratic Committee, we want to thank the nationally known and awarded Dr. Marvin Ott for his thoughtful, fact-filled, coherent, important, understandable talk answering the question “Is America (still) the Indispensable Nation?” at our special meeting last week. When we invited Dr. Ott in January he was never told what