• Iran: Last best chance

    The agreement signed last week between major global powers and Iran was over four years in the making and is, by any measure, a very big deal. In broad brush, it comprises an Iranian agreement to accept severe limits on its nuclear activities — in order to forestall development of nuclear weapons — in return

  • Legislature finally adjourns, but controversies remain

    All in and all done. The 127th Maine Legislature adjourned its first regular session on Thursday, July 16, without an anticipated return until the second regular session begins next January. But between sessions there will be plenty of action. The Legislature’s Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability will be investigating Governor Paul LePage’s tactics

  • Sea level, water temperature are rising

    A friend recently returned from a weekend trip to Boise, Idaho, for a family wedding. Her son was married in a four-hour, outdoor ceremony and celebration that was staged a few miles into the high-desert foothills north of the city. The temperature at the 6 p.m. wedding was 104 degrees. When she left for home

  • Vietnam comes calling

    With all the drama surrounding the negotiations between Greece and the EU and between Iran and the United States, it is easy to overlook another diplomatic development — the official visit by Vietnam’s Communist Party leader to the White House. It is the first time Nguyen Phu Trong has set foot in the United States

  • Maine’s most dangerous jobs

    Maine needs yet another license plate format, one that honors those who work at the state’s toughest and most dangerous jobs. Forget the insipid tourist-targeted “Vacationland” plate that has been around since the Eisenhower administration. And please don’t buy into the Governor LePage’s magical thinking slogan that assures would-be investors that Maine is “Open for

  • Migrant tsunami

    Refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers have been part of the international scene since Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt in search of a promised land. The vast majority of the U.S. population can trace its roots back to emigrants who followed in the footsteps of the Pilgrims. In the modern era, periods of international conflict