Letters to the editor

  • ‘Tis the season for drunk driving

    Dear Editor: The holiday season is in full swing and for most folks it is a wonderful time, marked by family gatherings and festive events as well as starting new, or maintaining long-held, traditions. Most likely your calendar has filled up with office parties, open houses, “ugly sweater” contests and family events. Why is it

  • No need to rush on wind power

    Dear Editor: I applauded your recent editorial concerning the leveling of playing fields concerning the wind power industry. It basically stated everything we, the residents of North Orland, have long been saying. There are copious amounts of money being proffered to any community willing to have them. Ask any selectmen if they have it in

  • Gaza revisited

    Dear Editor. This is in response to the polemic “Eyewitness to Gaza” commentary by the Rev Robert Tobin and Maurine Tobin [Dec. 18], who claim to have immersed themselves into the past and current “facts” of Gaza and have visited Gaza as well. Their implied expertise is amplified by their association with a religious diocese

  • Free clinic seeks support

    Dear Editor, We at the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic request the community’s support in our mission to provide health care to people who lack health insurance and the means to pay for the care they need. While the Affordable Care Act is making insurance available to many, there remain hundreds of people in Downeast Maine

  • Emmaus is still giving thanks

    Dear Editor: The Emmaus Shelter and the Riverside Café held their 17th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24 and would like to publicly thank all the volunteers who made the event possible. Over the course of two days, 75 volunteers assisted with setting up, staffing, cleaning and providing live entertainment. Over 40 people

  • Clark a children’s champion

    Dear Editor: As the state director of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, I would like to publicly congratulate Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark on his retirement, and thank him for his 34 years of dedicated public service as sheriff. I especially want to thank Sheriff Clark for his dedication to our children. From his years

  • Another memorable Christmas at Woodlawn

    Dear Editor: On behalf of Woodlawn staff, trustees and volunteers, I offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas at Woodlawn such a huge success. This yearly effort is made possible through the support of many community partners and volunteers. Thanks to the 2014 decorating teams, the Black House took

  • A message that needs to be heard

    Dear Editor: This is to celebrate your decision to publish “Eyewitness to Gaza” from Maurine and Bob Tobin in your Dec. 18 paper. As a new friend of mine in Jordan wrote to me after reading it, “It is good to know that there are still in this world some courageous people who care to

  • No respect for older vets

    Dear Editor: For the past two nights, I have been thinking how I am going to survive without the medication I was put on some 30 years ago for PTSD. I was sent to a psychiatrist for a sleep evaluation and they decided to put me on lorazepam; take one tablet four times a day.

  • Thanks for a great turnout

    Dear Editor: We in the Bagaduce Chorale were overwhelmed by the audience enthusiasm for our concerts at the Blue Hill Congregational Church this past Friday and Saturday. Most unfortunately, however, we also were overwhelmed by the sheer number of concert-goers who turned out for our Saturday performance. Regrettably, the capacity of the church was greatly

  • Saluting Bucksport’s mill workers

    Dear Editor:   The strength of a tree   The oak stood by the river’s bend As it flowed out to the sea The mighty limbs moved with the breeze With great strength all would agree   The trials it faced were many Through wind and storm and strife And it never, ever wavered It

  • Help those who have no health care

    Dear Editor: With regard to health care, I am among the privileged. Like many other privileged Mainers, I have health care coverage that enables me to get care when I need it. If I didn’t have that coverage I have no doubt that anxiety about it would exacerbate any health problems I might have, perhaps