Opinion

  • Embattled Trump will ultimately prevail

    Dear Editor: Marvin Ott simply has it in for Donald Trump, the man as well as the President, and has since Trump was elected. His attention-getting but politically slanted articles published in The American since then betray this, and I, like many others I’m sure, am disappointed to see an otherwise balanced, studious and articulate

  • GOP tax bill a win for everyone

    Dear Editor: The Republican tax bill has already had monumental effects on American businesses — and their employees. Since the bill’s passage, over 200 job creators have announced they are giving raises and bonuses, increasing employee benefit packages and expanding their businesses. Here in Maine, Camden National Bank recently announced it will be distributing $1,000

  • Marvin is on the money

    Dear Editor: Marvin Ott never fails to educate and inform. His Feb. 8 “Offshore” piece regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election is an absolute gem and bears re-reading. For those of us concerned with the direction this republic is taking, his observations couldn’t be more disconcerting and discerning. Rodney L. Hanscom Holden

  • Not the leadership Maine needs

    Dear Editor: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Emma Lazarus’s famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty has become as much a part of our nation’s charter as the Declaration of Independence. We extend “worldwide welcome” to “the homeless, tempest-tost” out of a recognition of our common

  • Bill supports predatory lending

    Dear Editor: District 2 Rep. Poliquin just voted in favor of an act called Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit (H.R. 3299). Sounds great, right? This is what politicians do to hide their real intent. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and 150 national and state organizations urged members of

  • Potential pardons for President Trump

    Dear Editor: The country is in for a rough ride over the actions of senior Obama administration officials and leadership in the Department of Justice and the FBI. The resultant damage to the deep state would be well deserved, but President Trump can take one step to limit the damage and protect American institutions, which

  • Governor LePage: A party of one

    Last Friday, Maine State Police and Department of Corrections staff, under orders from Governor LePage, descended on the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport before first light. Their message to the prison’s 51 employees? “Good morning. You’re fired.” Their message to all 63 prisoners was hardly less jarring. They were being transferred, immediately, to the Charleston

  • A flawed look at Maine’s energy security

    Dear Editor: During the six years I spent as an investigative reporter for two major Downeast newspapers, I devoted hundreds of hours researching and writing about Maine’s energy issues, a moving target indeed. As a result, I found The Ellsworth American’s editorial titled “Let’s work to increase Maine’s energy security” (Feb. 1, 2018) flawed in

  • A true Alice in Wonderland moment

    Dear Editor: Listening to President Trump’s State of the Union address the other night, what an Alice in Wonderland moment it was. He stayed right on message, nary a tweet, and just a long and wonderful list of all the things he intended to do for all of us and, as usual, especially the middle