Letters to the editor

  • Ranked choice voting the way to go

    Dear Editor: We’re going to have a referendum on ranked choice voting next year, and signatures are being gathered. Many years ago, I learned that I was throwing my vote away when I cast it for a third-party candidate who had little chance of winning. That way I had helped my least favorite candidate to

  • Tick tips

    Most Mainers likely are breathing a big sigh of relief as spring finally begins to unfold after a long and snow-filled winter. But with the warmer weather, the ticks that have been protected by the blanket of snow are emerging and looking to feed. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that the

  • Thanks for the memories, Robin

    Dear Editor: As I picked up the April 8 edition of The Ellsworth American, my eyes widened and a huge smile appeared on my face. The cover girl for that week’s paper was Downeast Maine’s own Robin Emery, and deservedly so; two weeks’ worth, great. Back in the early ’70s, Steve Coffin, Ellsworth High School

  • Time to end the Cuba embargo

    Dear Editor: In December, when President Obama outlined plans to begin normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, we members of the Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine were as excited as everyone else. New initiatives included allowing more Americans to travel to Cuba, which is great, but normalization will require that the United States actually

  • Quick change

    It is disturbing to me and the taxpayers of Maine that in 2014 we voted in a governor and by 2015 we ended up with a dictator. Robert J. Tapley Penobscot

  • Nature’s solar collectors

    Dear Editor: Ostensibly, the state of Maine has more solar collectors than any other state in the union. This fact may seem at odds with the state’s comparative position with regard to many other assets except, perhaps, when it comes to nature and wholesome lifestyles. Solar collectors and lifestyle preferences have a great deal in

  • Governor must stand by land trusts

    Dear Editor: Governor Paul LePage should honor his 2013 pledge to support Land for Maine’s Future funding that has the support of 60 percent of Maine voters. Many millions of dollars already in the pipeline for 36 other projects will not be jeopardized. Other projects still in our dreamtime can reach our grandkids. Land trusts,

  • A new era for gay rights

    Dear Editor: The surprising reaction to the “religious freedom” law recently passed in Indiana, and then revised after massive protests, resulted from the alignment of gay rights with big business. The reaction to the first version of the Indiana law (supported by Jeb Bush, who quickly changed his mind) shows how far gay rights have

  • A classless display

    Dear Editor: Maine extols civility in civic discourse. And, as highlighted recently by Sen. Collins, we expect our elected officials to honor this worthy and useful tradition. So it is with dismay that I witnessed Governor LePage’s surly performance at his town hall in Ellsworth. The Governor’s first words were digs at Democratic critics of

  • Take it and like it

    Dear Editor: LePage has a couple of years left to make your life miserable — that is, for those who voted him back into office and some who didn’t. I am sorry, but you see what big money does for you, so don’t whine over spilled milk. Gail E. Ray Ellsworth