• Pakistan: The price of strategic folly

    As we inevitably obsess over news close to home, it is worth remembering that profoundly important events are taking place elsewhere. A major political drama will be on view in India over the next several weeks as the world’s largest democracy conducts national elections. Make no mistake; India’s democracy, with 900 million eligible voters across

  • Assistance of counsel

    The U.S. Constitution says every American has the right to legal counsel when the stakes are high. In practice, however, the 80 percent of defendants who cannot afford an attorney are often left to navigate an adversarial criminal justice system with little more than token representation. As a result, a central tenet of our system

  • Truth in advertising for Walmart

    Walmart’s ad slogan, “Save money. Live better.,” has at least one ardent adherent — Walmart itself. The multinational retailer is looking to save money by having its stores’ property assessments slashed. A lower assessment means a reduced property tax bill. Bingo: money saved. The push for a lower assessment is being felt in several Maine

  • The impeachment ship is foundering

    Dear Editor: The impeachment ship is foundering in the breakers of the Mueller Report. From blaming Trump election despondency for their obsessive reporting to outright denial, the old guard media is at loss to explain how their spin got “unspun” before the eyes of the nation. The old ships are taking on water. The frenzy

  • Earth Day memories

    Dear Editor: On that first Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 1970, while the hippies were burying an eight-cylinder engine somewhere, I was walking in an Earth Day parade in downtown Miami, Fla. I was in my Army uniform. I was a newly minted PFC (private first class) on my way to my duty station in

  • Punkinville rocks

    Dear Editor: When I was a youngster growing up in Sullivan, I had to ride the school bus up a road called the Punkinville Road. There were not many houses and the pavement ended after a mile, where it turned into a dirt track. I always thought it was a dumb name for a road

  • Red flag laws are ripe for abuse

    Dear Editor: State legislators are rushing to pass unconstitutional, so-called red flag bills. These bills call for the removal of privately owned firearms on the word of another. These bills give police the authority to violate the subject’s rights under the Second, Fourth, Fifth and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These bills simply require

  • The Lucerne Hills and the spring snows

    Dear Editor: Now the Hainesville Woods may never see a smile, and the road to Stonington is really out of style.   But when the snow is wet and you’re feeling those awful chills, you really can’t beat the excitement of those Lucerne Hills.   It was April in Maine, a cruel month it can