February 7, 2014 RSS feed / Commentary

Is the art of negotiation dead?

At the start of the recent Syria negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry said the governing Assad regime must go.  U.S. House Republicans voted more than 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Maine Gov. More...

Do more to prevent war

Polls showed a large percentage of us in this country supporting the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and even — though somewhat reduced — the invasion of Iraq in 2003. More...

FDA’s weak position on antibiotics: Industry bait and switch?

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration released a long overdue plan to reduce antibiotic overuse in livestock by asking drug companies to volunteer to phase out the marketing of their own antibiotic products for growth promotion. More...

Calling all candidates

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re now in an election year.  More...

Delusions of failure

The Republican response to the State of the Union was delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican representative from Washington — and it was remarkable for its lack of content. More...

Optimism about Bellows

I remain an optimist, but sometimes it seems that this great nation is utterly hopeless.  We’ve gone from Bill Clinton, literally from Hope, to Obama’s “Hope and Change” to Hillary the Inevitable. More...

Free trade vs. fair trade  Free Access 

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership has lost “fast track” status, courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., it is still going to be working its way through Congress, albeit somewhat more slowly. More...

Building and renovating the future

GUEST COLUMN

Shovels in the ground ... more buildings under construction ... investments to grow our economy ... it’s all happening at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus at Brunswick Landing.  More...

Caulking for weatherization

GUEST COLUMN

The average Maine house leaks warm air out, cold air in. We audited homes that had leaks equivalent to a door being left open 24/7 and even the average of the first 100 houses audited has an equivalent leakage area of 2 to 3 square feet.  More...

Elver fishery latest case of faulting Maine tribes

RE: MAINE

The legal status of Maine’s Indian tribes is again under challenge. More...

Jury’s out on Telecom Act

GUEST COLUMN

We are now well into the era of platform competition in telecommunications— wireline telephony, cable and wireless—with a wide range of consumption choices now available to consumers and businesses.  More...

Government promises, customers pay

Government sometimes promises consumers that by paying higher prices now, they will pay lower prices later.  The government gets into the market, but leaves all the risk to customers. More...

Winter has Georgia on its mind

As the blame game cranks up in Georgia over various levels of government’s handling of the “blizzard” of 2014, it is easy to mock. More...

What it means to be an ocean advocate

The second part of the headline could continue, “In an age of pollution and overfishing responsible for decimating vast populations of sea life.”  At least, that is the challenge Andreas Merkl, a leading international ocean advocate, More...

Propane woes soon to be over

Record cold temperatures across the country, and particularly in the Midwest, have created an unprecedented surge in demand for heat and higher energy costs across the board, including electricity, heating oil, propane and natural gas.  More...

All of a sudden, preschool is hot

All of a sudden, early childhood education is really, really popular. Everybody’s favorite. If early childhood education were an actor, it would be Tom Hanks or Meryl Streep. More...

The state of the union

Something fundamental has changed in how America sees itself. Coming out of WWII, America was the undisputed world power and every town had its heroes welcome. There wasn’t anything America couldn’t do. More...

‘NAFTA on steroids’ must be defeated

January marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that has had devastating consequences for working families, small farmers, indigenous peoples, small business and the environment in the three countries involved &m More...

What is Bitcoin?

Perhaps you’ve heard by now that a couple of Maine candidates for office are accepting a currency called “Bitcoins” for their campaigns.  What are Bitcoins? How do people trade in them? And are they a good investment?  More...

Energy key to sustainability

Is a civilization dependent on fossil fuel and nuclear energy sustainable? Are disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the devastation caused by coal surface mining, or Fukushima-Daichi inevitable? More...