• The next spotted owl

    Dear Editor: I wrote this letter to lawmakers in 1997 and it still rings true today. I am Dudley Gray of L.A. Gray Company in Hancock. We are a local hardware and building materials dealer founded in 1927. We employ approximately 35 persons and we depend on the economic health of Hancock and Washington counties

  • Missing the boat

    Dear Editor: On Thursday, my partner and I went to Bucksport’s waterfront to see the exciting educational and evocative historical reproduction of Columbus’s flagship, the Nao Santa Maria, arrive and tie up, as part of the celebration of Maine’s pandemic deferred, 200th anniversary celebration. A good crowd turned out to welcome it. And, to see

  • COVID’s forgotten victims

    Dear Editor: I would like to bring to everyone’s attention an aspect of our current COVID-19 reality that is not on most people’s radar, namely the immunosuppressed people who live in our communities. This includes one of my family members, who is currently living with her second kidney transplant. She has been fully vaccinated for

  • Always a good read

    Dear Editor: The column by Ms. [Margaret] Cruikshank about critical race theory [“In defense of critical race theory,” July 1] is the best in explaining the concept I have read or heard about. I truly appreciate learning what it means and what is being striven for. Although I get The Ellsworth American in Florida on

  • Is there a tourism tipping point?

    The secret is long out about Acadia National Park. With more than 100 years of history behind it, the park draws roughly 3.5 million people each year to its peaks, carriage roads and shoreline stretches. The sweeping vistas from nearly every mile of the Park Loop Road are a sight to behold. It is no

  • Afghanistan: echoes of Vietnam?

    The U.S. military has completed the withdrawal of nearly all combat forces from Afghanistan — quickly, almost secretly, and ahead of schedule. After 20 years of high-intensity conflict, America’s longest war is suddenly over. A few hundred soldiers will stay behind to help guard the U.S. Embassy (the diplomats are staying) and a small number

  • No child left hungry

    Public education is meant to be the great equalizer, but children know early and acutely what sets them apart from their peers. That includes economic disparities. They look askance at their scuffed thrift-store sneakers next to a classmate’s shiny Nikes. There might be no one at home after school to help with homework. The stomachs

  • Wild weather a harbinger of things to come

    Never mind the heavy downpours of late, much of Maine was still in a drought last week. That was despite a June 9 storm that spewed over 5 inches of rain in parts of Hancock and Washington counties, pummeling Acadia’s carriage roads and destroying a Birch Harbor bridge. The estimated cost of repairs for that

  • Reunion of the resilient

    It rained, it poured and then there were the bolts of lightning, but the show went on under the tent at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s 65th annual meeting and awards night June 30. What a joy it was to gather alongside other community members after a year so difficult it was best not

  • Collins’ good judgment

    Dear Editor: Sen. Susan Collins recently announced that she will vote against the nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying that she found this nomination to be “unusually divisive.” I couldn’t agree more. As the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I work hard

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