• Standardized testing

    In classrooms across the state next year, Maine students will be confronted by their third different annual assessment test in as many years. Could it be that standardized testing, while it has an appropriate place in educational systems here in Maine and across the nation, has created as many or more problems than it solves?

  • America’s culture of stuff

    Among the addictions that plague America is one that doesn’t involve substance abuse. It doesn’t even involve health care issues. It involves stuff. As residents of the world’s most affluent country, Americans seem obsessed with stuff, the eclectic assortment of lifestyle flotsam that clogs basements, attics, spare bedrooms, garages and off-site self-storage unit facilities, which

  • “How many people does it take to…?”

    By Richard C. Hill When chlorofluorocarbons were found to damage the high atmospheric ozone layer, a group of chemists and refrigerator compressor designers found new working fluids and designs that eliminated the problem. The new refrigerators worked as well or better than the old ones and the cost was not increased. I don’t know the

  • Spring time, mytho time

    By Todd R. Nelson Unite and unite and let us all unite, For summer is acome unto day, And whither we are going we all will unite, In the merry morning of May. The old Padstow Carol augurs many things. A traditional May Day song from the English villages of yore, it invites us to

  • Restoring government “of, by and for the people”

    Dear Editor: The Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) reform initiative will be on the November 2015 ballot.  To prepare citizens for that important vote, the initiative is being presented across the state at many small, important events called “Informational House Parties”. On a recent Sunday, my wife, Daphne, and I hosted one of these

  • Where is our lawful money?

    Dear Editor: In a letter to the editor in the Ellsworth American dated Thursday, May 7, 2015 (“A case of constitutional illiteracy”), Mr. Humez didn’t get all of his comments correct or add enough to them. As the national debt goes, which is $18.2 trillion, most of the federal taxes are paying for the interest

  • Welcome to new veterinarian

    Dear Editor: I just wanted to take a moment to extend a warm welcome to the new veterinarian in town, Dr. Jessica Jones, who, with her husband, has recently opened the Ellsworth Family Vet Clinic on the Surry Road. Dr. Jones has treated both our dogs at Brewer vet in the past, and she has

  • Let’s treat our flag with respect

    Dear Editor: As many of us do this time of year, I took my mom and dad to put flowers on our family graves. One such trip was at Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth. If anyone is wondering about the location, it is the cemetery located on Main Street near the city of Ellsworth garage. While