• Social Security’s future

    Within weeks of taking office, the next president of the United States must begin fitting his or her promises and plans for the nation’s economy into a budget proposal. It is likely that no challenge will be greater than coming up with a budget that puts America on a more responsible fiscal course. Over the

  • The power of 545

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, columnist Charlie Reese of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida penned several versions of a column observing that “politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.” Since Reese died some years ago, various forms of his column keep on appearing on the

  • A House (and a Senate) divided, but a good budget nonetheless

    By Sen. David C. Burns In divided government, nobody gets everything they want. Over the past few months at the Statehouse, compromise has been necessary on a number of issues, most notably the biennial budget. Maine’s constitution requires a balanced budget, so had a budget not been passed, the state government would have shut down.

  • New partnerships yield new strategies in workforce development

    By Ellen Beaulieu and Isla Baldwin The University of New England (UNE) has been designated and recognized as a groundbreaker in new models of higher education by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UNE was selected to join the Gates-funded Breakthrough Models Incubator a year ago to collaborate with nationally recognized business and education leaders

  • Gateway to fun

    Gateway to fun

    Dear Editor: My name is Chuck Gordon, from Franklin, Tenn. My wife, Sheri, and I were in your beautiful area in the middle of July mainly to escape the heat in middle Tennessee. We did it all while there, from touring Acadia to the Bar Harbor shopping spree, including buying a full bearskin rug from

  • Combating a silent epidemic

    Dear Editor: Tuesday, Jan. 28, is the anniversary of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg’s birth, and widely recognized as World Hepatitis Day. Blumberg is credited with discovering hepatitis B, developing one of the first screening tests and creating a vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus. A testament to heroism in science and medicine,

  • For the birds

    For the birds

    Bird feeders, who knew there were so many kinds and options? We sure didn’t until we went trolling for one last week. There are single- and triple-tube feeders, feeders for orioles and finches, squirrel-proof feeders, hummingbird feeders and hopper feeders. Hoppers look like little houses, what you picture when you imagine a bird feeder. If

  • To bee or not to bee?

    A no brainer. Producers of Maine’s agricultural products, from apples to blueberries, would have few, if any, crops to harvest without the help of honey bees. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, are essential players in the natural process by which many crops evolve into commodities that wind up on consumers’ tables. Research at

  • President Obama nominates Mike Michaud to national veterans employment post

    President Obama nominates Mike Michaud to national veterans employment post

    WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his intent to nominate former Maine Second Congressional District Rep. Mike Michaud as assistant secretary for veterans’ employment and training with the Department of Labor. Michaud, a Democrat, gave up his House seat to run against incumbent Gov. Paul LePage in 2014. He was unsuccessful. Michaud,