Commentary

  • Who belongs here?

    By Todd R. Nelson   It’s a commonplace statement: “We are a nation of immigrants,” each with a family story arc originating elsewhere. Many are several generations away from their actual immigrant experience; some of us new arrivals. We forget how to embrace the strength in that history. After all, just what is an American?

  • Why such growth in GDP?

    Obama said it was impossible. But that was under Obama economic policies. With Trump as president we have a whole new set of pro-growth economic policies. The socialist-leaning Obama was simply accelerating federal debt increase by pumping money into the economy adding, by far, the most to federal debt we have ever seen during one

  • Under Trump, it’s RIP for the GOP

    America’s first Republican president said it best. A nation divided against itself cannot stand. For that matter, neither can Lincoln’s badly divided party.   On the one side of the GOP are traditional conservatives who believe that the Trump presidency is a disaster. Real conservatives care about pragmatism, the character of political leaders, the rule

  • A time to champion climate science

    By Tony Ferrara and Rob Shetterly   For many years Americans have allowed the health of our air, water and land to be compromised for the supposed good of jobs and corporate profit. Even when Rachel Carson demonstrated in the 1960s that agricultural pesticides endangered the existence of many bird species, people did not get fully

  • A new normal for Portland?

    By Jonette Christian Asylum applicants are pouring into Portland. Traveling through Africa and South America, they bypass safe countries, like Panama and Costa Rica, heading for Portland. Why Portland? Portland has a unique program for asylum seekers, providing rental payments to landlords, legal aid etc., described by The New York Times as “the only fund

  • Open Door has been a labor of love

    By Barbara Royal I believe love, compassion and truth provide the best opportunity for healing all wounds. Open Door Recovery Center’s mission never excluded anyone from receiving services, regardless of their ability to pay. Since Bill Hills founded Open Door in 1984, we have given hundreds of thousands worth of services to those with no

  • Eighty percent of success is showing up

    By Linda Napier One morning, when my daughter was 12, she was having some getting-ready-for-school issues; what to wear and other middle school dilemmas. I reminded her that she would miss the school bus if she didn’t get moving and I wouldn’t drive her if she did. She sighed and rolled her eyes. Of course,

  • How can we regain customers’ trust?

    By Ed Townley Millennials are more likely to support socialism than capitalism, according to a shocking Gallup poll. Do today’s youth actually want to take up collective farming and outlaw private property? Not really. They’re just expressing their dissatisfaction with big corporations, which so often put profits before people. Fewer than half of millennials think

  • Maine doesn’t need Congress messing up the internet

    By Karl Ward Today, 9 out of 10 American adults use the internet. Americans depend on the internet in many aspects of their lives and consider internet access to be the key to being connected, well-informed and competitive. It is seen as a tool that supplies endless opportunities and drives our economy. The internet as

  • The sounds of summer

    By Todd R. Nelson   “That is such a summer sound,” said my daughter Ariel. She was helping me hang the wooden screen door on the front of the house, so she had the privilege of letting it slam for the first time. The hinges creaked, the door swished toward the house and wood met

  • Waiting for the punchline to Trump fan piece

    By Jim Sack When I read the recent commentary by Phil Grant [“Why do we like Trump? Here’s why,” June 6], I admit that I found myself looking ahead to the place in his writing where he would say he was kidding, or even “April Fool.” It never happened and that puzzled me. A man