Letters to the editor

  • A true loss for Ellsworth

    Dear Editor: Heart of Ellsworth would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Sinclair family and Sinclair Builders Inc. The loss of Jacob Sinclair has left a huge hole in our community. “Jake” was extremely generous with his time and resources during our first four years — instrumental in our event planning and

  • Our daily choices matter

    Dear Editor, As a cosponsor of the bill to ban single-use plastic carry-out bags, I appreciate the thorough article in last week’s paper. I’m sure the community members who I joined last weekend in cleaning up Ellsworth roadsides and beautiful Card Brook would attest to the truth of the article’s statement that many plastic bags

  • Some well-deserved recognition

    Dear Editor: Thanks for your article on Gouldsboro! I write to encourage readers to cut it out and mail it to Maine’s Tourism Association. The address is 327 Water St., Hallowell, ME 04347. Its publications and the brochures it exhibits at the state’s tourist information centers consistently ignore not only our town, but the scenic

  • Thanks, Mr. $3.5M

    Dear Editor: Far from refuting the basic facts, Mr. [Roy] Gott confirms that the student enrollment numbers that govern the proposed Sumner 6-12 were arbitrary [“About those Sumner numbers,” April 18]. I am happy that Mr. Gott chose to write The American because he clearly shows what opponents of this plan have been saying all

  • An act of “intertidal robbery”?

    Dear Editor: Nearly 20 years ago, June Eaton persuaded a bunch of us in Brooklin to address the town’s access to Center Harbor going back to its original taking while still a part of Sedgwick. It took 14 years to satisfactorily resolve the matter, and I became quite familiar with intertidal property law in Maine

  • The robins return

    Dear Editor:   My husband, Philip R. Leonard, who is now deceased, wrote this poem. It would cheer me up and hopefully others if you would print this.   Welcome Back Welcome back red-breasted friend. I’ve thought about you now and then. How you pulled worms out of my lawn. The snow piled high while

  • Walmart’s assertion doesn’t hold up

    Dear Editor: Walmart’s assertion that its massive Ellsworth box store should have a property tax assessment of zero dollars is absurd on its face. Its contention is that the building would be worth nothing if Walmart closed. Really? Look across the highway at what used to be Lowe’s. Tom Walsh Gouldsboro

  • With heartfelt thanks

    Dear Editor: I would like to take a moment to thank my family, friends, employers, co-workers, caregivers and those whom I have never met for all of the love, support, prayers, well wishes, gifts, cards, monetary gifts, rides and the numerous fundraisers that have been done for me. I would also like to give a

  • Pardon me, doctor

    Dear Editor:   I was a young nurse working on an intensive care unit when I cut this piece out of a magazine. It still makes sense to me.   Time to Go Pardon me, doctor, but may I die? I know your oath requires you to try to keep me alive. So long as

  • Prescription drug costs are out of control

    Dear Editor: Thousands of Mainers take prescription drugs, and many struggle to afford them. I am one of those people. My only source of income is my Social Security and that barely covers my monthly expenses. I am a retired nurse. I know how the health care system works. Despite research and multiple conversations with

  • Can we please elect problem-solvers to office?

    Dear Editor: Recently a member of the House of Representatives and a senator in Washington collaborated to put together a nonbinding resolution, a first step proposal, which laid out some ideas for solving a problem that they feel urgently needs to be addressed. It is not going to be a law, but might result in