April 1, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

Charter schools make things worse

To the Editor: As reported in two separate articles on school budgets on March 27 (“Chinese program could be eliminated,” page A1; RSU 5 plan asks $650K more, page A3), public school programs and taxpayers are beginning to pay the price f More...

Time to consider starting a state bank

To the Editor: Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is sponsoring LD 1452, a bill to create a state bank in Maine. More...

Local food makes us all more healthy

Local farmers’ markets are not only a great source for healthy food and family fun, but also an opportunity for consumers to form a direct and meaningful relationship with local food producers. More...

Bath, Mid-coast engine helping to Mobilize Maine

Spring has been dragging its heels this year, but it appears we have finally turned the corner. For most of us, it can’t come soon enough. Aside from the physical discomfort, winter is a low-income season for many in Mid-coast Maine. More...

The happy economics of marriage equality

As the Supreme Court takes up the issue of marriage equality, it is only reasonable to consider the economic ramifications of what marriage equality would mean to society as a whole. More...

LePage changes stance on borrowing

RE:MAINE

Consistency, we are learning, is not something one can expect from Gov. Paul LePage. More...

A remote-control military

If you find the use of remotely piloted warrior drones troubling, imagine that the decision to kill a suspected enemy is not made by an operator in a distant control room, but by the machine itself. More...

Hard lessons linger from the Iraq war

Ten years ago, America invaded Iraq; somehow, our political class decided that we should respond to a terrorist attack by making war on a regime that, however vile, had nothing to do with that attack. More...

The problem with health care is cost

The problem with health care is not Medicare, Medicaid or Obamacare. It’s what health care costs. The United States leads the world in one area of health care — it costs more here than in any developed country. More...

‘The pursuit of happiness’ What does it mean?

You may have missed it, but we recently celebrated World Happiness Day. To celebrate, the United Nations published a study on happiness in most countries in the world. More...

Time to belly up to the bar for hospitals

The public debate is getting louder about whether or not Maine government will pay $484 million it owes to 39 hospitals across Maine. More...

Foes of charter schools stage attack on funding

Anyone who’s heard me talk about Harpswell Coastal Academy has heard me say, “I’m not an advocate of charter schools, nor am I an enemy of charter schools.” More...

Guns not the key link in killing chain

Let’s say you were writing a novel about a homicide. You’d want to describe the killer’s neighborhood and family background. You’d want to describe his school, his culture and his gang. More...

History moving too fast for justices

WASHINGTON — As the arguments unfurled in Tuesday’s case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court justices sounded more and more cranky. Things were moving too fast for them. More...

Safe enough to eat

EAR TO THE EARTH

I recently had a strange experience at our local craft store. More...

Economic reality transforms the American Dream

Welcome to the new version of the American Dream. It may look the same as the old one — personal prosperity and owning your own home — but fewer people are likely to live it, and if they do, it will happen later in life. More...

Clash of the dueling budget plans

For the first time in a while, we actually have two competing budgets out of Congress. The Senate budget was put together by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. It emerged largely intact from a committee hearing last Thursday. More...

The conservative hypocrisy on health care

RE:MAINE

Gov. Paul LePage thinks paying hospitals for past Medicaid services is the most important issue facing state government, and went into campaign mode last weekend to press the point. More...

Bath’s hipster culture thrives

“Hip” is not a word that normally comes to mind when you think of Bath, but one thing that Bath does have in common with so-called “hipster” culture is the strong do-it-yourself ethos and entrepreneurial spirit with which peop More...