Columnists

  • Snowpack: An abundance of riches

    By Tom Walsh Enough! It’s o-dawn-thirty Monday last and out every window in Downeast Maine the scene is the same: mounds of snow, some piled in drifts three or more feet high. And this in mid-March? The challenge here is picking your cliché: There’s a silver lining in every dark cloud, or when life deals

  • The Netanyahu speech

    A few days ago, Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress at the invitation of the Speaker of the House — without informing the White House. Since the President, by tradition and Constitutional authority, has the lead in foreign policy, this was obviously an unusual — and in fact unprecedented —

  • Smoking: expensive and dangerous

    Not unlike the endless litany of bad news related to the global environmental impacts of climate change, the latest news is equally bleak about that national incidence of disease and death related to the ongoing cigarette-smoking epidemic. A study published Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows death trends among current smokers

  • Defeating ISIS

    The latest high visibility atrocity committed by the “Islamic State” (IS or ISIS) is the public beheading of 21 Egyptians — because they were Coptic Christians. ISIS was the obvious, if largely unstated, reason the White House convened a two-day conference on “international extremism.” It is also the focus of ongoing efforts of U.S. military

  • Smoking: expensive and dangerous

    Not unlike the endless litany of bad news related to the global environmental impacts of climate change, the latest news is equally bleak about that national incidence of disease and death related to the ongoing cigarette-smoking epidemic. A study published Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows death trends among current smokers