February 19, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

New soil, new STEMs for Maine graduates

GUEST COLUMN

Elementary school students want to be scientists, astronauts, doctors and nurses when they grow up. With unlimited imaginations, they dream about building cities and inventing machines yet unknown. More...

Split developing among House Republicans

Something unusual has begun to happen in Congress.  The House of Representatives has started to look like an American legislative institution instead like the British House of Commons, where strict party discipline is the norm.  More...

Summer starts now

One of the joys of midwinter is planning for the summer season, and knowing we are already halfway there.  More...

Topsham pond site long an attraction

Trust fun

In the mid-1950s Florence and Frederick Call, a middle-aged couple from Bangor, set about looking for a place to settle down. By their own estimation, they put 30,000 miles on their car in search of the elusive perfect spot. More...

Vrabel, of Bath, brought vital energy to Efficiency Maine

GUEST COLUMN

Last week, about 200 people varying in age and occupation celebrated the life of a friend and colleague, Tim Vrabel, at a memorial held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.  Anyone involved with energy efficiency in Maine for any length of time More...

Scenes from the data revolution

If you asked me to describe the rising philosophy of the day, I’d say it is data-ism.  More...

Homeless people not invisible or forgotten

During the week of January 14, a group of eight Bowdoin College students from various class years and educational backgrounds participated in an educational service trip to the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland.  The goal was to investig More...

Parkview here to stay

GUEST COLUMN

TAKE ME TO PARKVIEW.  You’ve seen the bumper stickers. More...

A platform for 2014

RE: MAINE

Ready or not, the 2014 race for governor has begun. Democrats are talking about finding a highly qualified candidate this time. Eliot Cutler, second-place finisher last time, filed his financial paperwork and is making appearances.  More...

Maine uncorks an electoral genie

BY GORDON L. WEIL   Maine is getting a lot of unexpected political attention these days. More...

Saturday postal delivery must be restored

RE: MAINE

The U.S. Postal Service wants to end Saturday mail delivery, and reaction in Congress has been, so far, tepid.  That must change. Mail delivery is a valuable public service. More...

The loaded odds of college admissions

When I applied to college 40 years ago, I applied to four colleges in the “most selective” category. More...

Some charter schools offer virtually nothing to Maine

One of Gov. More...

Voter fraud a non-issue, yet disenfranchisement continues

RE: MAINE

Every now and then, a commission report comes out that provides solid information and analysis, and helpful recommendations on what state government ought to do.  That’s the case with the Elections Commission appointed by former Secretary More...

Tax reform could help solve our fiscal crisis

This could be the year for some real tax reform.  The federal government needs to complete its reduction of the federal debt by a targeted $4 trillion over 10 years. More...

Calvin’s story shows ills of epilepsy

All of my favorite jeans have worn through in the knees. The tattered holes are not intentional, but rather the product of countless months teaching my son Calvin to crawl since he couldn’t do it on his own.  More...

Business models drive hospital debate

To the Editor:  The editorial in your newspaper (“State must reject bid to ‘save’ Parkview,” p. A6, Jan. 30), articulated a very narrow, one-sided perspective. More...

Extras and essentials in education

In the proposed curtailment order, a good percentage of the cuts were taken from education. This isn’t a surprise, particularly. More...

Friends of fraud

Like many advocates of financial reform, I was a bit disappointed in the bill that finally emerged. Dodd-Frank gave regulators the power to rein in many financial excesses; but it was and is less clear that future regulators will use that power. More...

It’s the independent who needs to explain himself

In response to your editorial (“Dems: Do not run for governor,” p. 6, Jan. 23), I must say I was disappointed it was not only so short-sighted, but also so onesided.  More...