Letters to the editor

  • Stark lines drawn on life and death

    Dear Editor: The pulse of life. Heroic emergency workers will fight to try and save it. Medical advancements are made in a desperate search to heal and prolong its energy. Expectant parents rejoice to hear its sound throbbing in the womb. Those same parents may have to hope, in an anguished expectation, that a talented

  • Internet safety smarts

    Dear Editor: The average American household has five connected devices, according to the Pew Research Center (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/25/a-third-of-americans-live-in-a-household-with-three-or-more-smartphones/). This includes those served by a nationwide wireless network like the one in Maine. June is Internet Safety Month and U.S. Cellular is reminding consumers who use these devices to put proper safeguards in place to protect themselves

  • What would Rumi do?

    Dear Editor: “Spiritual arrogance is the ugliest of all things.” — Rumi I believe if Jelaluddin Rumi were alive today that he would have some words to say to people who use their religion as a reason (or excuse) to express hate for anyone who was different. Many of us are different. Some of us

  • A short-sighted and unfortunate plan

    Dear Editor: It was a shock to learn that our adopted town of Gouldsboro will have a “dump the police department” referendum on the town ballot in June. What a short-sighted and unfortunate plan! Having police protection (more immediate and thorough than dependence on a Sheriff’s Office) makes Gouldsboro stand out as a well-functioning and

  • Balloon release ban will protect wildlife

    Dear Editor: Maine’s proposed ban on releasing helium balloons would help keep the state beautiful and protect wildlife. Balloon releases — which sometimes take place at weddings, graduations, memorials and other events — send hundreds or thousands of balloons up into the atmosphere. But when deflated balloons return to Earth, they wreak havoc. Animals often

  • Madness not limited to D.C.

    Dear Editor: Think all the madness is only happening in Washington? Think again. Consider for example that darling of the Ellsworth-Bar Harbor economy — The Jackson Lab — that has recently gone out of its way to hire an out-of-state contractor for its meal services. This, after 13 years of widely appreciated, loyal, quality service

  • Bill a boost for solar energy consumers

    Dear Editor: Ever-increasing electricity rates for commercial and municipal consumers are holding back economic growth. For Maine businesses to thrive, we need to have a competitive energy marketplace to keep rates down. I have worked in the solar energy industry for a decade, and I know that because of how most medium-sized commercial ratepayers are

  • A cause worth fighting for

    Dear Editor: I am writing to voice support for LD 1323, An Act to Revise the Laws Regarding the Public Trust in Intertidal Lands, currently under consideration by the Maine Legislature. I support this act for both philosophical and economic reasons. The Public Trust Doctrine holds that certain natural resources such as navigable waters are

  • Explaining my ethanol veto override vote

    Dear Editor: In her column last week, Jill Goldthwait discussed the activities in Augusta in an informative piece about transportation infrastructure and referenced the Governor’s first veto, which was sustained by the Legislature. The legislation vetoed would have banned the sale of gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol. This legislation was supported by the

  • The trouble with turbines

    Dear Editor, The recent offer by Longroad Energy to conserve several thousand acres of land in Hancock and Whiting to offset the environmental impact of their proposed Weaver Wind installation is commendable. Notwithstanding, it is clear that the wind energy industry has its eyes on the forests and hills of Downeast Maine, such as the

  • A very timely submission

    Dear Editor: Charleen Bunker’s recent submission to the Letters to the Editor page containing a magazine piece titled “Time to Go” was a very timely one. A Death with Dignity bill is currently before the Maine Legislature. If the bill is rejected, as it has been before, there could be a chance to put the

  • A constitutional crisis

    Dear Editor: There is a vacuum in the halls of Congress, most notably in the U.S. Senate, and led by the not-so-patriotic Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell is the man who refused to bring Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court to a vote, purposely hoping that a newly elected President might be a Republican.