Opinion

  • The Taste of Ellsworth had worked its magic

    Dear Editor: It’s not often I spend time in Ellsworth. For the past 20 plus years, I passed through on my way to visit family in Bar Harbor, friends in Hancock, to keep an appointment at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital or to enjoy the beauty of the Schoodic peninsula. I would occasionally stop at the

  • Think of your neighbors

    Dear Editor, The town of Surry passed an ordinance banning fireworks except on July 4th, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but, unfortunately, many residents and visitors either aren’t aware of this, or aren’t heeding it. Every night last week, our neighbors have been shooting off fireworks until, and sometimes after, 10 p.m., long

  • Leafy invaders are a real threat

    Much of Maine’s summer economy is based on the respite and enjoyment offered by the lakes, ponds and streams away from our rocky coastline. These water bodies face a mounting threat. Milfoil, submerged aquatic plants found in freshwater bodies, is natural to much of Maine. Yet two invasive subspecies — variable leaf and Eurasian watermilfoil

  • The don’s wife sees a therapist

    A Trump-era allegory By Todd R. Nelson You just never know where the next lesson on American politics will come from these days. I’ve been thinking recently about a scene from The Sopranos, the HBO series about an American crime family. It’s Greek tragedy by way of North Jersey. Or is it Miltonic? “Better to

  • Dealing with our closing horizons

    It’s a strange time. My generation was self-assigned to change the existing state of affairs and remediate the major divisions and maladies within our world, collectively, and our country, in particular. We have failed. The screaming headlines of headless news outlets and social media clearly identify that fact. The divisions that bind our lives restrict

  • Join the fight against Alzheimer’s

    Dear Editor: This past week my wife and I traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact and cost of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. We met with Sen. Collins, Sen. King and Rep. Poliquin, who are in favor of adding $425 million to research, passing the BOLD Act and educating providers on palliative and hospice

  • Have we reached the stage of “Papers, please”?

    By Max Treitler I was quietly horrified Thursday at the news that Customs and Immigration agents were running a random checkpoint on I-95, in our state, pulling over drivers to ask about citizenship status and using drug sniffer dogs. I fully realize how completely naive it is to have waited be upset only now; after