September 30, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

Wasn’t the ranking supposed to improve?

GUEST COLUMN

Three years into the LePage administration, we are starting to see what effect his policies are having on Maine and its economy. More...

The false promise of Obamacare

GUEST COLUMN

While getting my hair chopped the other day I asked the proprietor about health care. The proprietor has a severely handicapped daughter and a husband on much medication that is very expensive. More...

‘Red lines’ don’t work

Drawing a “red line” is turning out to be a mistake.  President Obama drew a red line, warning the Syrian government not to cross it by using chemical weapons against rebels in its civil war.  More...

Putting the BDC on the up and up

I attended last week’s meeting of the Brunswick Development Corporation to learn more about how this entity works and to ask questions about its operation. More...

No high road for BIW on TIF offsets

The Bath Planning Board has embraced Bath Iron Works’s mitigation proposal of $160,000 in city improvements as offset for its new $25 million facilities project.  More...

Hooray for hospitals! Now what?

Last winter, during an ice storm, I rolled my old Chevy S-10 pickup. Luckily, I walked away, but the truck was a mess.  My wife, who’s a doctor, made sure that I was all right, and then, as a joke, put a Band-Aid on the bumper. More...

Downtown Bath is getting healthy

This Saturday, Main Street Bath will partner with Access Health and the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee to put on a fair that will offer self-care information and opportunities in the city of Bath.  More...

Stuck in the middle

SMART MONEY

Economic populism — or, as I prefer to call it, the rise of the angry middle class — had its modern roots in a place that one might think curious.  More...

You are free to be hungry (SNAP out of it)

The word “freedom” looms large in modern conservative rhetoric. Lobbying groups are given names like Freedom- Works; health reform is denounced not just for its cost but as an assault on, yes, freedom. More...

The Crazy Party

Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.” Unfortunately, Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how the More...

Getting things done in D.C.

“This Town,” a new book about Washington by Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, is a surprise best seller.  But it’s no surprise that the book recounts anew the story of money&rsquo More...

Losing the room

WASHINGTON   On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak.  More...

The man with the pink hair

I was at a conference in Bern, Switzerland, last week and struggling with my column. News of Russia’s proposal for Syria to surrender its poison gas was just breaking and changing every hour, forcing me to rewrite my column every hour. More...

Seen enough distracted driving

Distracted driving has long been the cause of motor vehicle accidents, too many of them resulting in fatalities.  Many a motorist has taken his or her focus off the roadway to eat, drink, talk, light a cigarette, turn on the radio, change clothe More...

We already knew that ...

And you know how the rest of it goes. More...

Rich man’s recovery

A few days ago, The New York Times published a report on a society that is being undermined by extreme inequality. This society claims to reward the best and brightest regardless of family background. More...

Hearing you out

Columny is often a kind of dodge ball, in which we avoid counterarguments and bluster past contrary views. More...

The BDC belongs to us

GUEST COLUMN

Scott Howard wrote an opinion piece in The Times Record, in which he defends the “loan” that Brunswick Taxi received from the Brunswick Development Corporation (Sept. 10, Page A6). More...

Impeach Obama — an idea that’s kind of dumb

Amid the partisan controversy in Congress, some Republican members of the U.S. More...

Harpswell selectmen subvert beach access

“We must protect the vitality of our community character ... We would like to preserve the traditional access to our waterfront over private lands. ... More...