• America on red alert

    It was the early 1950s and America was on red alert. Communists could be lurking in boardrooms, lecture halls, movie sets, even the nation’s highest offices. Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy, a far-right Republican, fanned the flames of suspicion and panic. He claimed to have a list of Soviet sympathizers and spies working in the State

  • A European cancer

    Twentieth century Europe was nearly destroyed by dictators who tried to subjugate the entire continent to their own megalomania. The instrument of Europe’s rebirth has been the European Union — an economic common market politically committed to democracy. There is nothing automatic or guaranteed about the ascendance of democracy in Europe. On Europe’s eastern flank,

  • There is no perfect energy project

    The people have spoken, with a resounding “NO” to the “Clean Energy Corridor,” but Central Maine Power? The company, its parents, affiliates, partners, heirs and assigns got up the next morning and went back to work on the transmission line. Up until the Nov. 2 vote, the company could claim to be working in good

  • Save the planet by burning the trash

    By Michael Hall The best way to save the planet is to burn trash. Not landfilling, not recycling, not packaging fees but using trash to produce energy. Imagine a pile of sawdust. Grab a handful, toss it into a television-advertised pasta maker and out comes an eco-friendly, carbon-neutral biofuel, “wood pellets.” Bag, palletize and deliver

  • An inappropriate critique

    Dear Editor: I was really disappointed and insulted by a few narrow-minded statements made by Nan Lincoln in her review of “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage,” currently being presented by the New Surry Theatre. She criticized an actor for not playing his part as a bisexual with more “fun or flair.” It got even

  • A professional pressure cooker

    Heidi Grindle is moving on. After 16 years as city clerk and registrar of voters, she is burned out (her words) and ready to regain some free time and peace of mind. It’s Ellsworth’s loss and we wish her well. Even the casual observer could see the diligence Grindle applied to her work, most especially

  • Get ready for winter

    In an annual contest of Yankee fortitude, Mainers see how long they can hold out before turning on the heat. A great many of us have already conceded defeat this season. Our toes were cold. Just how we warm our appendages varies, but three-fifths of Maine households use oil as their primary heating source. That’s

  • Was it a dream?

    Dear Editor: Each night I still say the child’s prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep,” taught to me by my mother. One day perhaps we will no longer live in a democracy. It could be a dictatorship, monarchy or an oligarchy. My alarm went off, I awoke from a deep sleep. Was it

  • The perils of leaf blowers

    Dear Editor: Until now, I’d considered gas-powered leaf blowers merely as gadgets used by folks too lazy to rake their lawns or sweep their driveways. Now I learn that over 150 million Americans own and use these machines. Nor did I know about the damage they cause. Despite efforts of lobbyists for the Outdoor Power

  • Thank you, Heidi

    Dear Editor: A big thank-you to Heidi Noel Grindle for many years of service to Ellsworth, and to democracy. As with law enforcement officers, teachers and school administrators, city clerks, often faced with circumstances entirely out of their control, are answerable to the public for exercising rules and policies designed to treat everyone fairly, in

  • Not to be missed

    Dear Editor: To all of you, The Ellsworth American family. Congratulations on your latest award, “Best Weekly in New England.” We are proud of what you do. So many of us look forward to our paper each week. It brings us happiness and keeps us current of what goes on in our community. I keep