• The “Torture” Report

    “The truth shall make you free.”  [Inscription at the entrance to the CIA] The recent release of the 500-page summary of a much longer report from the majority staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee has predictably generated intense controversy. By any measure, the report is an impressive effort. Two staff members spent five years wading

  • Eyewitness to Gaza

    Having viewed countless reports, photos and videos, we felt prepared for what we would see on our visit to Gaza in early December 2014. But the reality was overwhelming. No video can capture the scope of the destruction, block upon block of Israeli-demolished apartment buildings, bullet-sprayed shops and homes, children playing in rubble, men searching for reusable stones.

  • Torture should not be a partisan issue

    Dear Editor: The long-awaited Senate “torture report” was released just in time for the holidays. This unfortunate timing was due, of course, to fear by the recently disempowered Democratic majority that the incoming Republican majority would try to suppress the report. Be that as it may, it is certainly an ironic juxtaposition. As we prepare

  • An Apology to Governor LePage

    Dear Editor: Let’s see if I have this straight: the Senate District 25 contest was close enough to require a recount, and during the recount, 21 more ballots (all from Long Island and all cast for the Republican candidate) materialized than were tallied by the voter roster on Election Day? Wow. It appears that I

  • A hint of elitism in wind power opposition

    Dear Editor: The wind power referendum you endorse has some fine sentiments but some troublesome stipulations. I agree that the present law needs changes, but this legislation, if enacted, doesn’t help. For instance, it asks developers to “prove” that Maine needs the electric power. Say that again? That’s like asking if we need fresh air,

  • Bus drivers behaving badly

    Dear Editor: Wednesday, Dec. 3, Knoxville, Tenn.: It’s happened again! Another school bus accident that our daily news media informs us is a not too uncommon mishap. This time, three dead (two children). Such a shame! When we will learn? School bus drivers must adhere to the laws of their state. Too often we see

  • The return of the “Nattering Nabobs”

    Dear Editor: Most of your readers probably won’t remember the “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism.” This was Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s term for those who opposed President Nixon’s policies in Vietnam. Agnew was later forced to resign — something to do with extortion — and his boss soon followed his example. American history is full

  • The bear facts

    Dear Editor: Everyone in Maine thought they were voting to ban bear hounding, baiting and trapping. Not so! Am I the only one who read what the ballot actually said? It clearly said “or,” not “and.” If the “yes” vote had won, who would have had the authority to decide which one of the three

  • Some context on wind power

    Dear Editor: Thank you for your recent thoughts about windmills and level playing fields. But what is a level playing field? Perhaps, as your Commentary writer said a few weeks ago about the presentation of any single economic fact, providing context would provide perspective, leading to better decisions for us, our children and their grandchildren.

  • Setting a fine example

    Dear Editor: If the children at the Brooksville Elementary School can appreciate, emulate and carry forward throughout their lives, the beauty and magic of Mr. [Todd] Nelson’s writing [“Rolling down ‘toward the two-tongued sea,’” Dec. 4], they will indeed have been well served! Alan “Doug” Scott Castine