June 18, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

When shift happens, colleges can’t wait for luck

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If the economy is improving, why are so many people and businesses still struggling? Was it harder or easier for previous generations to get ahead? What about the future? Pondering such questions can yield frustration — or insight. More...

Bring dark security ops out into the light

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The controversy surrounding the existence of the National Security Agency’s PRISM electronic surveillance program highlights some basic national security problems within our agencies. More...

Obamacare will crush middle class

Do you still have that Obama sticker on the back of your car? What are you holding on to, “Yes We Can”? More...

A generation at risk of domestic abuse

When confronted with a significant social problem like domestic violence, it is prudent to look at all aspects of the problem in any attempt at searching for a resolution. More...

Schools blown up by town property bubble  Free Access 

Pem Schaeffer’s letter to the editor of June 5 (“Reject budget for Brunswick schools,” Page A6) is a surprise. More...

Economy is our focus, not board picks  Free Access 

I have been working on the policy issues surrounding the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority since its creation. More...

Only GOP spite stopping health care law

House Republicans have voted 37 times to repeal ObamaRomneyCare — the Affordable Care Act, which creates a national health insurance system similar to the one Massachusetts has had since 2006. More...

Syria’s savage civil war

Syria’s savage civil war may have just entered a new and darker phase. During the past few weeks, momentum has shifted sharply away from the rebels in favor of the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. More...

Which is sicker: Hospitals? Or politicians?

The real question Mainers should be asking themselves is, “Why is this even a political issue?” As every Mainer who is awake (and a pathetically large number of Mainers — and other Americans — out of state) has learned over th More...

High-quality early education will boost students, economy

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It’s that time of year again when our young people are graduating from high schools all across Maine. It’s a time to celebrate their accomplishments. More...

The irrational rush toward cuts

Last week the International Monetary Fund, whose normal role is that of stern disciplinarian to spendthrift governments, gave the United States some unusual advice. “Lighten up,” urged the fund. “Enjoy life! Seize the day!” More...

Controls on surveillance secret, unsupervised

The news that the federal government has been collecting phone and Internet data on millions of Americans has stirred controversy over the balance between national security and personal privacy. More...

DNA exonerates Dennis Dechaine

To the Editor: As I write this letter, the clock keeps ticking against Dennis Dechaine — 9,104 days or 24-plus years — for a crime that DNA taken from the victim’s thumbnail and other data, including time of death evidence, show he More...

Creative economy thrives in studios above street level

In downtown Bath, there’s more going on upstairs than meets the eye. At street level, retail shops, restaurants and service businesses are open daily to serve the public. More...

A bipartisan budget that pleases no one

AUGUSTA — Members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee worked past midnight Friday to put the finishing touches on a $6.3 billion budget that will upset most people, please no one, and was passed unanimously in an increasingly More...

Two-party government is deadlocked government

Many voters think splitting control of the government between the two major political parties is a good idea. It seems obvious that the two sides will have to compromise to produce results, and extreme policies can be avoided. More...

Wiscasset’s budget contains too many frills  Free Access 

The Wiscasset Budget Committee would like to clarify the reasons why it opposes several articles in an upcoming municipal referendum. More...

Washington’s power inversion

There’s a weird calm around Washington these days. The Obama administration only has a year before the lame-duck status sets in. Yet you don’t get a sense of urgency. More...

Debt hawks don’t let facts stave off hunger for cuts

Last month, the Congressional Budget Office released its muchanticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from the deficit scolds who have had so much influence on our policy discourse. More...

Health care law needs work, not repeal

Everybody seems to like hybrids. They are often better than the originals that were combined to make them. Hybrid flowers are among the most prized beauties. Hybrid autos are both better for the environment and practical over long distances. More...