Commentary

  • Partisanship over statesmanship for Collins

    By Hugh Bowden With what was probably the most disappointing performance of her long U.S. Senate career, Maine’s Susan Collins handed Donald Trump a big win on Oct. 6 when she voted to confirm the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In doing so, Collins and her Republican

  • The troubling evolution of Susan Collins

    In an interview covering the Supreme Court confirmation process, Sen. [Susan] Collins recently referred to people calling her office with concerns over the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh and how he might rule in certain situations as “leftists.”

  • The plot against America

    By Roger Bowen “Every day I ask myself the same question: How can this be happening in America? How can people like these be in charge of our country? If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I’d think I was having a hallucination.” The words are those of Herman Roth, the father of

  • What are political parties good or? Plenty, actually

    By Lee H. Hamilton If you take a dim view of our political parties, you’re in sterling company. So did George Washington. In his Farewell Address, he warned us against “the baneful effects of the spirit of [political] party.” A political party, he wrote, “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the

  • Card Enterprises built on hard work, commitment

    Many sensible folks look at the automobile business and think, “I can do that and make lots of money.” While that certainly can be true, not everyone has the business acumen, the personal backbone or the willingness to risk so much of their time, their own money and their supporters’ money, especially during a tumultuous

  • Might we hear what he has to say?

    In 1977, in my capacity as police reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, I covered a big murder trial. The Berkshire Eagle, still published in Pittsfield, Mass., focused on local news, much as we do at The American. As is so often the case with New England communities, many of the towns in Berkshire County had

  • Working in the interests of Maine

    By State Sen. Kim Rosen The Legislature reconvened for a special session to address outstanding work in June. While we weren’t able to wrap up as quickly as I had hoped due to disagreements in the House of Representatives, I am still pleased with some of the things we were able to accomplish. On Monday,