March 17, 2014 RSS feed / Commentary

MaineCare, the poor and the Maine GOP

RE: MAINE

The battle over Medicaid rages on at the State House, with one side digging itself deeper into the hole it began creating last year.  More...

Incivility in politics

GUEST COLUMN

I spent Election Day standing behind a banner promoting a local political group outside of the polls. This, my first public display of support for a political party, ended with thoughts of discouragement and despair. More...

Young adults push political change

When political conservatives met last weekend in Washington, a split in their ranks emerged. More...

Minimum wage just a piece of the problem

Nationally, there’s a desire to raise the minimum wage to $10.17. What’s the logic behind that figure?  More...

Public financing sets the right example

On February 21, my daughter Josephine and I drove more than five dozen $5 contributions up to the Maine Ethics Commission in Augusta. To our delight, we became the first campaign in the state to qualify for 2014 Maine Clean Election status. More...

Camden Conference awakens curiosity, concern in local students

BY MARY ELLEN BELL   On February 21-22, two Wiscasset High School sophomores, Sam Arsenault and Erika Auger, attended the Camden Conference, titled “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The Camden Conference was founded in 1987, a More...

Dream come true

Settled by those seeking freedom from religious persecution then gaining independence from British control and establishing a democracy, it began a systematic enlargement of its still unidentified boarders. More...

Hear me now, Comcast?

Comcast had no business canceling my appointment. I didn’t cancel my appointment with them. Their computer message system took it upon itself to do so. More...

The ‘right to work’ ... for less

It’s election season, so Republican governors, including Maine’s Paul LePage, all around the country are trotting out “right to work” legislation again, in hopes of securing their base in November.  More...

Newspapers nurture community, at a price

EDITOR’S DESK

Last month I congratulated my staff on a modest drop in our 2013 print circulation. In an industry that’saveraginga5to10percent annual loss of print subscribers, it turns out we’re doing OK. More...

Can Cutler win?

GUEST COLUMN

As we quickly reach the deadline for anyone to challenge Gov. LePage in a primary, eyes will turn to the general. We have yet to learn if anyone will join Eliot Cutler, LePage and Mike Michaud on the ballot this November.  More...

Surreal LePage

RE: MAINE

After two weeks exploring reforms to improve the functioning of state government that could be pursued by our next governor, it’s time for this column to return to State House reality.  Or perhaps not.  There’s something surreal More...

Ending Native mascots

GUEST COLUMN

Three communities in Maine are locked in a race for infamy: Which one of their public schools will be the last to stop using Native American nicknames and mascots?  Twenty-nine Maine schools – includingWiscasset have ended this practice ov More...

GOP, Democrats: Kill all tax reform

Democrats and Republicans have again shown their unusual capacity to get nothing done in Washington.  Both parties recognize the federal tax code is a mess, riddled with so many deals for a wide variety of special interests that it is no longer More...

Rate hikes buy a better sewer

In 2014, we look forward to designing and bidding out Phase 1 of upgrades to the waste water treatment plant. More...

Why I declined public financing

I am running for the Maine Legislature in Brunswick’s newly drawn House District 50. More...

Violent predators have no business in family neighborhoods

One may wonder how such a violent individual as Darrell McCauley (“Brunswick man gets 3 years for assault”, March 3, Page A1) came to be placed in a family neighborhood, where three of the four homes closest to him have young children, in More...

Freedom to fail

Americans have the freedom to attend any college they can gain entrance to, and study any subject they can manage passing grades in, whether or not there is economic promise upon completion. Learning need not have financial motivation. More...

Ryan’s poverty plan stranger than fiction

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a new report on poverty recently. More...

Cozy, heatless homes

GUEST COLUMN

There are more than 26,000 homes and other buildings in Europe, new and old, that do not need a conventional heating system, even though some of them are located further north than the 60th parallel.  More...