• Gaza revisited

    Dear Editor. This is in response to the polemic “Eyewitness to Gaza” commentary by the Rev Robert Tobin and Maurine Tobin [Dec. 18], who claim to have immersed themselves into the past and current “facts” of Gaza and have visited Gaza as well. Their implied expertise is amplified by their association with a religious diocese

  • Free clinic seeks support

    Dear Editor, We at the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic request the community’s support in our mission to provide health care to people who lack health insurance and the means to pay for the care they need. While the Affordable Care Act is making insurance available to many, there remain hundreds of people in Downeast Maine

  • Emmaus is still giving thanks

    Dear Editor: The Emmaus Shelter and the Riverside Café held their 17th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24 and would like to publicly thank all the volunteers who made the event possible. Over the course of two days, 75 volunteers assisted with setting up, staffing, cleaning and providing live entertainment. Over 40 people

  • Clark a children’s champion

    Dear Editor: As the state director of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, I would like to publicly congratulate Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark on his retirement, and thank him for his 34 years of dedicated public service as sheriff. I especially want to thank Sheriff Clark for his dedication to our children. From his years

  • Another memorable Christmas at Woodlawn

    Dear Editor: On behalf of Woodlawn staff, trustees and volunteers, I offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas at Woodlawn such a huge success. This yearly effort is made possible through the support of many community partners and volunteers. Thanks to the 2014 decorating teams, the Black House took

  • A message that needs to be heard

    Dear Editor: This is to celebrate your decision to publish “Eyewitness to Gaza” from Maurine and Bob Tobin in your Dec. 18 paper. As a new friend of mine in Jordan wrote to me after reading it, “It is good to know that there are still in this world some courageous people who care to

  • Playing musical ‘chairs’ in Augusta

    The assigning of legislative committee seats took longer than usual this year, complicated by the math of a Republican Senate and a Democratic House. In brief, every committee would have a Democratic majority, despite having a Republican chair from the Senate side. Eventually, leadership reached agreement on Republican majorities for three of the sixteen joint

  • Reinventing schools

    “Think of our schools as a horse and buggy — it worked well in a different time, but times have changed. Educational needs have changed as much as transportation needs. Retrofitting a horse and buggy will not give us an airplane, and yet we seem to expect that reforms to our schools will meet our

  • Governor’s wishful thinking

    Newly rechristened Governor Paul LePage has included on his new-term to-do list lowering energy costs in Maine. Good luck with that one. The cost of electricity in Maine — residential, commercial and industrial — is among the highest in the lower 48 United States. It’s a long-standing economic reality that undermines LePage’s tepid “Open for