• Maine’s Ebola Sense

    The first thing we have to say about Maine’s legal test in respect of the Ebola quarantine is that Kaci Hickox is one lucky nurse. If we had to sit out the incubation period for some horrible disease, the place we’d like to do it is Aroostook County. This glorious wilderness, dappled with lovely lakes, small towns, quiet roads, and sensible people is the kind of place about which those who toil in the big city can only dream. We’d bring an easel and some oil paints and look at nothing but fog and forest until the danger of fever had passed.

  • Choosing a governor

    In electing a governor, Maine is very much in need of a runoff procedure. No matter how you slice it, support from fewer than 50 percent of those casting ballots cannot be considered a mandate. Only once in the last seven gubernatorial elections — independent Angus King’s re-election in 1998 — has a governor been

  • The politics of fear

    The state of Maine and its people have not been well served by the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, which have been characterized largely by the politics of fear. Each of the candidates and his supporters have spent an inordinate amount of time and money pointing to all manner

  • It’s no wonder Santa is fat

    Should the upcoming holiday season find you playing Santa for kids or grandkids, you might keep in mind the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity and consider buying gifts that require kids to get off the couch and to put down their “devices.” Statistics crunched by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show

  • Mike’s will be missed

    Dear Editor: In the fall of 1882, Howard W. Dunn came to the corner of Pine and Water streets and took over the operation of Levi Webber’s stone yard, which had been in operation there since 1859.

  • Brooklin deserves answers

    Dear Editor: Jennifer Osborn’s article leaves me both disappointed and disgusted that the town of Brooklin would have to lose Catherine Rees as chairperson of the Planning Board over what appears to be nothing more than a personal dispute. I say this because there has been no evidence offered otherwise as to why someone as knowledgeable and with as much professional experience and integrity as Catherine was dismissed.

  • Future possibilities for Bucksport mill

    I read with interest Chip Reeves’ Commentary “It’s the Maine Way” in the Oct. 2 edition of The Ellsworth American, which was published one day after the announcement by Verso that the Bucksport mill would be permanently shut down in the fourth quarter. Chip’s article made me wonder if the Bucksport mill site might be adaptable to the integrated solid waste disposal system that the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is proposing as an alternative to the continued use of PERC after 2018.

  • Honesty much appreciated

    Dear Editor: I want to thank the honest person who returned my pocketbook. I was shopping at the Ellsworth Walmart on Saturday, Oct. 4, with a lot on my mind. I left my pocketbook in the shopping cart and off I went to Marden’s to do more shopping. It was then that I noticed it was gone.

  • New Middle East philosophy needed

    Dear Editor: Whenever I hear the media refer to the “U.S.-led coalition against ISIS,” I cringe. Here’s why. Suppose everyone wakes up tomorrow to learn that the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign has succeeded beyond anyone’s highest expectations. Every member of ISIL is now dead or taking up new residence at Guantanamo.