December 12, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

Pressing matters

It has become a matter of routine for many victims of domestic violence I meet in the course of my duties to ask — or even insist — that charges be dropped against their assailant.  More...

Shady wind foes cast a chill

If you’re going to join the public debate on our climate and energy future, should you have to disclose who you work for? Or should you be allowed to attack clean energy without ever saying who’s paying you to do so?  More...

Prepare yourself for heavily armed cops

Police departments are spending their supposedly scarce resources in some pretty strange ways nowadays.  Someone recently sent me a link to a story about Ohio State (the campus police, that is) purchasing an armored personnel carrier.  More...

The punishment cure

Six years have passed since the United States economy entered the Great Recession, four and a half since it officially began to recover, but long-term unemployment remains disastrously high. More...

Cost, danger demand deep nuclear weapons cuts

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United States Senators Angus King and Susan Collins have a golden opportunity to reduce the threat of global catastrophe that would be caused by a limited nuclear war and to save money at the same time.  More...

Power poles are so 19th century

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News outlets will soon be covering the usual post-storm stories regarding our electrical utilities’ failure to restore service in a timely manner, while praising the “heroes” that righted “an act of God or Nature.”  More...

Welfare — It’s in the Constitution

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The Constitution’s preamble, in its original form, reads:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the genera More...

The long campaign

Is Hilary Clinton running for president?  And is New Jersey Gov. More...

Investing in early education pays off

Early in my career, I served as a Head Start teacher in the Midcoast and saw firsthand the benefits of early education.  More...

How to defang the radical Right

The political right in the United States today consists of a coalition of interests that do not always agree on fundamental principles. More...

Have yourself a conservative little Christmas

In its ongoing effort to protect the American public from the War on Christmas, Fox News has a special online map highlighting current reported atrocities. As problems go, this one is imaginary. More...

A health care system stuck in the emergency room

We live in a nation where the parents of a hospitalized teenager who has expressed suicidal ideation struggle with not only the tormenting idea that their child had contemplated taking their own life, but also with the worry of how they will be able More...

Angry tea party rants veil Obamacare success

Other than tossing red meat to your RedState.com readership, I can’t for the life of me figure out why The Times Record insists on giving so much prominent ink to the rantings of self-described tea partier Edward Tharp. More...

Why Maine needs a Farm Bill

Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation. More...

Pope Francis blasts the tyranny of capitalism

Pope Francis I has made some startling statements in recent days. Well, startling if you’re a First World capitalist, anyhow.  About a week ago, he attacked the “idolatry of money.”  More...

More honey, less acid this political season

As 2013 slowly dissipates into 2014, we get to see how things are shaping up for next year’s election cycle. More...

Giving it away, SMCC gets it back

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Scholarships are about more than dollars and cents. They’re about dreams and opportunities. Scholarships clear a path between hope and success in a world cluttered with challenges.  More...

‘Community’ more than a word here

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When my good friend Dorothy “Dottie” Boddaert who lives and walks everywhere in downtown turned 90 this week, she made me a scarf. More...

Shipping out at BIW

RE:MAINE

After miles of splendid scenery along the Kennebec River, when you turn onto the Sagadahoc Bridge toward Bath, the first glimpse across the river is of Bath Iron Works’ tall cranes. I confess to a certain ambivalence about that sight.  More...

Brunswick council may have to sue itself

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I served Brunswick as its natural resources planner for five years, and have been a member of our Planning Board since 2008. It will be my honor to take the oath of office as a town councilor representing District 2 this January.  More...