Letters to the editor

  • Putting salaries in perspective

    Dear Editor: As pointed out in The American’s series on teacher salaries, state law will soon set a minimum salary for starting teachers of $40,000. For poorer districts this may create some hardship; for richer districts less so. We should think about how to address this. More immediately, this discussion of minimum salaries places in

  • Another four years of Trump will be a disaster

    Dear Editor: If Trump becomes president for another four years, he’ll have no re-election to worry about. Just imagine what Trump would do to our country, democracy, the world itself. Looking at his narcissistic behavior now, just think of what he’ll do. I have zero respect for this man and never will. He’s broken more

  • Trump’s got to go

    Dear Editor: To say Hitler alone created the chaos of the Second World War would be a misnomer. I suspect most of the white people of 1930s Germany were ready to blame anything and anybody but themselves for all their problems. Hitler preyed upon their frustrations; he manipulated their anger to make Germany great again.

  • Whale story has bias

    Dear Editor: I am writing to you to address concerns I have regarding the recent (Aug. 15) news article “Lobstermen: rules threaten way of life” by Stephen Rappaport. Unfortunately, the reporter seems confused about the intent of the NMFS scoping hearing he was attending and reporting on. The article states, “The rules would require a

  • Time to round up Roundup

    Dear Editor: On Aug. 5 and 7, Home Depot and Lowe’s, respectively, were hit with proposed class action lawsuits in California federal court over sales of the Bayer (formerly Monsanto) weed killer Roundup. Roundup contains glyphosate, a probable carcinogen, according to a report issued in 2015 by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an

  • Pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps

    Dear Editor: It appalls me that Sen. Collins has once again sided with Big Pharma, Big Insurance and Big Trump over the interests of all Mainers. Allowing an insurer to claim your disease is due to a “pre-existing condition” is the ultimate fraud. Breast and other cancers do not just come calling your name one

  • Help the whales before it’s too late

    Dear Editor: Critically endangered right whales keep on being injured and killed after becoming entangled in fishing gear. So NOAA Fisheries is working on proposed rules to deal with this crisis. In response, many of Maine’s lobster fishermen, our congressional delegation, our Governor and others have declared Maine lobster fishing isn’t the problem. They claim

  • Ellsworth Antiques Show was a great success

    Dear Editor: On behalf of the Woodlawn trustees and staff, I want to thank the hundreds of people who helped make the 2019 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn a huge success. Our thanks go to our presenting sponsors Boston Private Wealth and Skinner Auctioneers, and to the many area business sponsors who supported our efforts

  • Efforts underway to reopen Open Door

    Dear Editor:   The Open Door Recovery Center, providing substance abuse recovery treatment since 1984, closed in July 2019. Since its inception, Open Door offered a range of addiction recovery services that proved essential to the Hancock County and Washington County communities. Open Door clients included adults, adolescents, families, pregnant women, women with young children,

  • The captain, the swordfish and the ghost

    Dear Editor:   This month, south of Mount Desert Rock, Captain John Stanley harpooned a 500-pound swordfish. This poem is the story of that event as he told it to me. It has been embellished a bit.   Capt. John Stanley, the swordfish and the ghost of Gene Thurston   The sword had traveled many

  • Welcome, Reade

    Dear Editor: I want to welcome to the ownership of this and six other publications Reade Brower. I can’t say enough good things about my experience working for you in Rockland both on your house and my column in your paper called Kayak Corner. It’s been 30 years. We encourage investigative journalism and thank Steve

  • Big Pharma’s greed must stop

    Dear Editor: Millions of people are affected by the rising costs of prescription medication every day. It is wrong that hard working families have to choose between taking medication and being able to eat a meal. My aunt was born with chronic lung disease, and is a cancer survivor who has taken a great deal