Commentary

  • Writing is a bear

    …as discussed in a writing class after an example by John McPhee.   By Todd R. Nelson You see, even if you don’t like to write you have a handy topic: writer’s block itself. You could start out with a letter, like John McPhee advises.* “Dear Mr. Nelson,” you might say, “I do not like

  • Balanced federal budget desperately needed

    By Ken Shea Many thanks to the Makeshift Coffee House Group and the Flexit Café in particular for hosting the forum on the U.S. Constitution at Ellsworth High School on Feb. 10. The session was well run and very informative. I left with a greater appreciation of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers for crafting

  • It’s time for change on the Union River

    By Morris Lambdin For the last 100 years, we have allowed the Union River to serve one purpose — profit generation for electrical companies. Early in Ellsworth’s history, the Union River helped to define the city. The river was our workhorse. Countless booms of lumber were floated down the river. In 1869, in Ellsworth alone,

  • Leftist indoctrination in the classroom: fact or fiction?

    By Rep. Lawrence E. Lockman Should teachers in Maine’s public schools be allowed to advocate for partisan political causes in the classroom? I don’t think so. That’s why I sponsored LD 589, proposed legislation directing the State Board of Education to draft a Code of Ethics for K-12 teachers. Simply put, this Code of Ethics

  • Why cursive writing?

    Why cursive writing?

    By Rep. Heidi H. Sampson Why has cursive writing been relegated to the trash heap of outdated, insignificant and inconsequential practices? Could we have tossed out a critical link to effective and productive learning for our children? Have we been duped into eliminating a practice whereby our children would be allowed to fully develop their

  • My racial profile

    By Todd R. Nelson It’s taken me my whole life (well, not yet) to realize that I am white. That is, that I am of a particular race. Getting beyond the philosophical or theoretical, it’s the granularity of experience that has given me understanding. Somehow, I’ve been “passing” all these years. I simply thought I

  • U.S. paying for past decisions in Guatemala

    By Nancy Kandutsch The other day, while watching TV news about Guatemalans trying to get across the U.S.-Mexican border, I noticed that at least some, and probably most, of the immigrants are Mayan or mixed indigenous people. These are the very people to whom Guatemala’s President Arbenz Guzman in 1951 to 1954 was in the