Opinion

  • Eighty percent of success is showing up

    By Linda Napier One morning, when my daughter was 12, she was having some getting-ready-for-school issues; what to wear and other middle school dilemmas. I reminded her that she would miss the school bus if she didn’t get moving and I wouldn’t drive her if she did. She sighed and rolled her eyes. Of course,

  • How can we regain customers’ trust?

    By Ed Townley Millennials are more likely to support socialism than capitalism, according to a shocking Gallup poll. Do today’s youth actually want to take up collective farming and outlaw private property? Not really. They’re just expressing their dissatisfaction with big corporations, which so often put profits before people. Fewer than half of millennials think

  • A blow for Blue Hill

    When Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital last week announced plans to stop offering surgical services, it was a blow for the surrounding community. Surgery and surgical procedures such as colonoscopies are offerings most people would expect of a full-service hospital. Delivering babies is another, something Blue Hill stopped doing when it closed its obstetrics department

  • Powering the future of Maine

    Dear Editor: Should Maine control its own future? Seth Berry’s proposal for a Maine consumer-owned utility run by Mainers and benefiting Maine, not Spain, has CMP breaking out in a sweat. The mantra they are using is “there is no guarantee that it will work.” We hear this over and over as if it has

  • A free society

    Dear Editor:   I reread an Ellsworth American editorial commentary of June 6, 2019. Although there are some facts I disagree with, one needs to be addressed. It is tariffs imposed on U.S. agri-farmers. This affects crops of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice. Most agri-farmers want to plant, grow and sell their crops in

  • More appropriate for North Korea

    Dear Editor: I would like to believe that Phil Grant’s commentary titled “Why do we like Trump?” was intended as satire, but I couldn’t find the punch line, so I reluctantly conclude that he was serious in his comments. I question The American’s decision to publish such a Soviet-style propaganda piece. Americans deserve to have

  • “Incarceration Proclamation” pending?

    Dear Editor: I have heard rumors (Washington Post, May 16) that President Trump is planning to deliver a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on July Fourth this year. I wonder if, in the place that honors Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Trump plans to issue an “Incarceration Proclamation” regarding immigrants. Doug Kimmel Hancock

  • Beware of misinformation in Gouldsboro

    Dear Editor: Gouldsboro has been in the news most recently for many issues — from the rescheduling of voting and Town Meeting due to the town warrant not being prepared to the resignation of Police Chief Tyler Dunbar and, more recently, the resignation of the Town Manager Sherri Cox. Perhaps the most newsworthy of all

  • A step in the right direction on plastic pollution

    Dear Editor: Those of us who care about salvaging our environment are delighted with recent actions out of Augusta. In particular, the Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT) celebrates the signing of a bill (LD 1532) to ban most single-use carry-out plastic bags given at the point of purchase, effective Earth Day 2020. Maine thus becomes

  • The rest of the Dorcas Library story

    Dear Editor: The town of Gouldsboro authorized $4,000 for support of the Dorcas Libary back in May. As Paul Harvey would say, “And now for the rest of the story,” page two. Mark Kallick [“Dorcas Library deserves support,” June 27] was present at the meeting yet curiously omitted that $4,000 was authorized for support of

  • Dictatorial control in Congress must end

    Dear Editor: Between the elections, presidential and midterm, we are subjected to thousands of hours of ads, interviews, debates, posters, mailings and arguments with friends and family, all with the goal of standing in long lines to vote for the people we hope will actively represent us in Congress, do the nation’s business and get

  • Thank you, Ellsworth educators

    Dear Editor: This fall, for the first time in 15 years, neither of our children will be enrolled in an Ellsworth school. We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to the teachers, support staff and administrators of the Ellsworth School Department, past and present, who have taught and worked with our daughter