• With tragedy comes unity

    Dear Editor: Our little town of Winter Harbor has certainly had our share of tragedy. I suppose that’s what has knit us together, as we are one big family. This time we are mourning the loss of our beloved Cook Whitten. Matthew 5:4 says “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We

  • DMR wrong on rockweed

    Dear Editor: There are many problems facing the health and well-being of Maine’s coastline and of our local bays and estuaries in terms of ongoing health and productivity of our fisheries. The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has recently decided to classify Rockweed as a marine fishery. While rockweed certainly supports many of Maine’s

  • Dangerous territory

    Dear Editor: As president of Katahdin Area Council, BSA, I am writing to express our great concern and opposition to Governor LePage’s proposed taxation of real estate owned by nonprofit organizations. We, like a lot of other nonprofits, are financially fragile. The proposed legislation would have a devastating effect on our mission of giving 3,000

  • A standard for everyone

    Dear Editor: Early in March, Michael Willette, a Republican representative from Presque Isle, posted on Facebook a photo of President Obama originally posted by Conservative News Daily that featured a caption saying, “Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at the family reunion.” Such humor. Obama is Muslim. He is

  • A modern-day Herod

    Dear Editor: A beautiful Olde English ballad references the New Testament: “And King Herod, in his raging…” In Israel’s Netanyahu, we witness a contemporary reincarnation, turning a subservient Congress, on its feet, clapping deliriously, into reasonable facsimiles of the American Israel Political Action Committee, found to be our country’s most powerful lobby. Israel, of course,

  • A fitting tribute

    Dear Editor: The recent commentary by Pat Perry concerning the passing of Bud Holland of Gouldsboro was a beautifully written tribute to a man who is like so many Maine people who go about their lives, little realizing the positive effects they are having on their friends and neighbors. Pat really captured the essence of

  • Collaborative budget process

    In its March 13 edition, the bi-weekly Quoddy Tides of Eastport commented editorially on a matter that is of keen importance to this newspaper, and one that, in our opinion, does not get sufficient attention in Maine publications. While Editor Edward French focused primarily on Washington County communities, his well-reasoned thoughts, which appear in these

  • Renewable hydropower

    Since Maine legislators gave fast track, favorable status to wind power development in 2009, Maine has suffered under that legislation. Despite the fact that the constant flow of water is one of the cleanest and most reliable sources of energy for electricity generation, under Maine law, hyrdopower facilities generating more than 100 megawatts of electricity

  • Snowpack: An abundance of riches

    By Tom Walsh Enough! It’s o-dawn-thirty Monday last and out every window in Downeast Maine the scene is the same: mounds of snow, some piled in drifts three or more feet high. And this in mid-March? The challenge here is picking your cliché: There’s a silver lining in every dark cloud, or when life deals