Letters to the editor

  • Holden needs to rein in spending

    Dear Editor: Holden’s Town Council has been on a spending spree these past few years, purchasing everything from SUVs for the police and fire departments to a half-million-dollar fire truck to a plow truck. In 2014, the council pushed through the decision to fund the half-million-dollar expansion of the fire station. These purchases have increased

  • Government criminals still going strong

    Dear Editor: It never ceases to amaze me how much crime is being committed by what calls itself the “federal government,” FG. Probably the most egregious crime is called “the Federal Reserve,” FED. Well, it’s not federal and it has no reserves, only phony Federal Reserve notes, FRNs, that can be printed up at will.

  • Help seniors age with dignity

    Dear Editor: “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~Betty Friedan We are living in the oldest state in the nation. A total of 211,000 people in Maine are 65 and older, and this number will more than double by 2020. It is estimated that a quarter of Mainers

  • Shuffling the tax deck

    Dear Editor: Whenever a politician wants to change the tax code, he will always label the proposal a “reform.” Every change in the tax code produces winners and losers, so the question is whether anything will really be reformed. Our Governor is touting changes in Maine’s tax code that would reduce and finally abolish the

  • Silencing citizens’ voices

    Dear Editor: Several legislative documents (LDs) under the general title of “Right to Hunt” bills will be heard in Augusta next week, but this title is misleading. No one is denying anyone’s right to hunt or fish, and you certainly can’t give Mainers the right to hunt because they already have it. What is threatened

  • The pendulum has swung too far

    Dear Editor: Thank you, Cathy Lewis! Thank you for standing up for your kids and making your priority known when it comes to education: “I’m more worried about little faces than I am about numbers.” Education needs more advocates like Ms. Lewis. Last week’s article by Ms. [Jennifer] Osborn [“Grade A Surry School told it

  • Thanks, Eliot

    Dear Editor: Eliot Culter, the public benefactor who gave us four more years of Governor LePage, deserves a big reward. He bravely broke his promise to drop out of the campaign if he were far behind. This honorable man should be effusively thanked. Luckily he has been, now that he has been handed a cushy

  • Downtown shopping offers plenty of options

    Dear Editor: Shop local. That would be my message. In no way would I like to discourage the discussion of economic development for our downtown or city in general. However, in the interim of something “getting going there,” I wanted to remind folks that our downtown is very much alive and ready for people to

  • Auction was one for the record books

    Dear Editor: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all those in the community who contributed to the success of our 20th annual auction on March 22. Our sponsors and patrons, item donors, volunteers and guests all played a vital role in making this event the most successful auction

  • The GOP’s continuing descent

    Dear Editor: A gun makes a coward a bully. So do money and power. Since Reagan, I have watched at first with dismay and now with shame. We Americans came out of the Second World War with strength and confidence. We were hopeful and we cared about others. We helped Europe and Japan regain their

  • Recycling the way it should be

    Dear Editor: Thank you for arranging the rummage sale/flea market/craft fair/homemade deli. It was fun to be once again in the school gym, scene of many memorable concerts and games. This time the stars were grown-olders, concerned with things rather than performances, but still full of stories. Selling a book on Dylan reminded an animated

  • Orland selectmen need some perspective

    Dear Editor: I was unable to attend the last Planning Board meeting in the town of Orland, so my comments are based on a review of that meeting published recently in The Ellsworth American. Who do our selectmen think they are? In case they have forgotten, they are elected officials, elected by the citizens of