Commentary

  • Biomedical research is an investment in our health, economy and jobs

    By Sen. Susan M. Collins Earlier this year, The Jackson Laboratory announced it will increase wages and hire 300 more workers by 2020. This exciting plan by the Bar Harbor-based scientific institution demonstrates the tremendous benefits of biomedical research in both improving human health and growing Maine’s economy. Biomedical research has the power to transform

  • American mindset is changing for the worse

    A recent survey done by The Wall Street Journal and NBC revealed some very disheartening statistics regarding our millennial generation. They apparently lack an understanding of our history and it is exhibited in their values or in the lack of them. Let me explain the outlook of two age groups and a perspective of their

  • Bonds or borrowing

    Governor Mills called a special session last month to consider bond issues. The four bond proposals she submitted were largely a rework of a single $239-million package that we considered last June. Bonds approved by the Legislature would then be considered by voters in November, with voter-approved bonds to be sold in June of 2020.

  • On lawns, lobsters and wild strawberries

    I was on my hands and knees in the dirt with a trowel in my hand when it happened. While upending newly sprouted weeds with unknown names in the flower garden bed, I looked beside me at the lawn just out of its winter torpor. All at once, I saw what I’d never seen before:

  • The best book I’ve ever read about Maine

    I’ve read a lot about Maine, but the book that taught me most about the state is “Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820.” It was written by Alan Taylor, a prominent historian of early America and the Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia, with two Pulitzers

  • Thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall

    All the publicity about the recent 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York reminds me of marching in the 25th anniversary of this event in 1994. The march drew 1 million people. The huge lions in front of the venerable library were draped with gay flags. Older and slower now, I missed this

  • Collins, Kavanaugh and immigrants

    By David Paul Henry Sen. Susan Collins cast a crucial vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh faced allegations that he had committed sexual assault. With the outcome of the hearing in the balance, Collins gave a long, thoughtful speech presenting an account of her thorough

  • Johnson, Trump and Twain

    By Roger Bowen Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) famously wrote that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” I doubt Donald Trump has ever read Johnson, and if he has, I doubt that he understands the meaning of Johnson’s famous quotation. Indeed, Americans who are proud nationalists also are likely to misunderstand Johnson. True, Johnson was

  • Gun mania in America

    By Hugh Bowden Just days ago, back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead and 50 or more people wounded. President Donald Trump and many of his fellow Republicans sought to blame anything and everything except unrestrained access to the weapons used in committing such violence to other human beings. As

  • Time to get local about marine climate change

    By Parker Gassett On Aug. 22, the first ever Northeast Shell Day has been planned as a single-day monitoring blitz aimed to create a snapshot of coastal marine conditions. The project strives to support a network approach generating science that can lead to improving local and state decision making that addresses ocean and coastal acidification.

  • Thoughts from the trap pile

    By Pat Perry If you’re a fisherman, at some point you spend time going over your gear, ensuring it is ready to fish when needed. If you are a seasonal fisherman, as I am, that time is often during the first few sunny, warm days of spring. This past spring was challenging for a lot

  • Pro-growth Trump?

    Phil Grant’s gushing — and disturbing — praise of Donald Trump’s “pro-growth economic” policies (“Why growth in GDP? It’s President Trump’s policies, July 25) focuses primarily on the gross domestic product (GDP). He contends that these policies have led to a rejuvenated economy, unlike those of his bête noire, President Obama. Cited are the Dec.