Commentary

  • American casualties of the U.S. nuclear weapons program

    By Lawrence S. Wittner When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945 — at least not yet. But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties. This point is borne out by a

  • The Governor and his “straight talk”

    By Roger Bowen If you have family members living out of state, you, too, probably received a phone call or an email after Governor Paul LePage was once again featured in the national media. I heard from my younger brother in Indiana: “What is wrong with your Governor?” he asked, before adding, “Aren’t you embarrassed?”

  • The untold stories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Dick Atlee Every year at this time, it is all around us: “Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. = civil rights” and “civil rights = black people.” Because of this limited view, we misunderstand what Rev. King stood for. And why he died. The 1957 founding motto of Rev. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference was

  • Cronyism, corruption and the saga of Good Will-Hinckley

    By Rep. Lawrence Lockman It’s a new year and, being an even-numbered year, it’s an election year, which means all 186 seats in the Maine Legislature are up for grabs in November. And whether we like it or not, politics will dominate this year’s short session of the Legislature, which convened on Jan. 6 and

  • A promising partnership hits the ground running

    By Debra Ehrlenbach Three years ago, the board of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital started an in-depth strategic planning session that ultimately led us to seek partnership with another health care organization. We understood then that finding the right partner was enormously important to continue to offer the health care services and support that have been

  • Many factors influence college graduation rates

    By Roger Bowen Member institutions within the University of Maine System rank low nationally for their graduation rates.  Collectively, UMS institutions’ four-year graduation rates rank 39th nationally. Four-year graduation rates are especially poor: UMaine’s (Orono) is 36%, Augusta’s is 7%, Farmington’s is 41%, Fort Kent’s is 22%, Machias’s is 16%, Presque Isle’s is 11% and

  • Think twice before passing medical marijuana laws

    By Ed Gogek, MD State after state is legalizing medical marijuana, but doctors and patient groups aren’t demanding these laws. The AMA doesn’t want them, nor does the American Cancer Society. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against medical marijuana and the Glaucoma Foundation warns patients not to use it. Instead, demand comes from marijuana

  • Having a mind of winter

    By Todd R. Nelson Winter sounds different. Perhaps it’s the austereness of sound in winter, or the fact that there are simply fewer things to hear, that heightens the rewards of paying attention with that particular sense. Then there is just the stark clarity of sound, or its absence, in 0-degree weather. Furthermore, there’s the

  • Recollections of a University of Maine teacher

    By Richard C. Hill Nearly 70 years ago, I arrived at Orono to teach thermodynamics to mechanical engineering students. University organization was simple. All five deans reported to the president, Arthur Hauck, along with the head of the ROTC, and the librarian. The coaches reported to the dean of the college of education. The money