Commentary

  • UMaine system hardly a sinking ship

    By Hugh Curran As much as I have admired Mr. Stephen Weber’s commentaries in the past involving the University of Maine, his most recent article (May 14), titled “It is hard to sell tickets on a sinking ship,” is overstated and somewhat strident, so I feel compelled to make some corrections. I would agree that

  • Statehouse Democrats wage war on Maine’s small businesses

    By Rep. Larry Lockman My op-ed column, “Democrats Push Extremist Agenda at the Statehouse,” in the Bangor Daily News on May 4 generated a ton of traffic in mostly negative comments on the BDN website and (so far) at least two sharply critical letters to the editor of the BDN. The column also prompted Ellsworth

  • It’s hard to sell tickets on a sinking ship

    By Stephen L. Weber Why are enrollments dropping in the University of Maine System? Why are so many of Maine’s college-going students leaving our state for their higher education? Why are some University of Maine System residence halls standing empty? Is it price? No. Average tuition in the University of Maine System is $7,622 —

  • Why protecting eelgrass matters

    By Jane Disney, et al. Along the coast of Maine, from the Piscataqua River to Passamaquoddy Bay, eelgrass populations are declining. What is eelgrass and why should we care? Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a flowering marine plant that essentially defines the coast of Maine. It grows in thick beds that provide shelter to commercially important

  • Centering

    By Todd R. Nelson “We’re throwing pots in the art room,” said Annie. “Come see.” I hang up the phone. I’m off. Gotta see this. Here are half of the fifth- and sixth-grade class sitting at the four potter’s wheels. Master potter Annie, on leave from teaching her kindergarteners, is helping them throw balls of

  • Going South

    By Thomas Moore Leslie and I walk from our rented bungalow on Carpenter Street in Brunswick, Georgia, as far as Egmont Street. The mid-March drizzle turns into a steady rain. Several For Sale signs mark Victorian era houses, some in San Francisco multi-colors: green dormer shingles, yellow trim, blue shingles, red front door. Camellias are

  • Hurdles won’t stop seafood harvesters from fulfilling their mission

    By Michael Briggs One of the largest and most prestigious environmental watchdogs of aquaculture and wild fisheries in the United States is the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. This program researches and evaluates the environmental footprint of wild fisheries and aquaculture products. Seafood Watch recommendations are science-based, peer-reviewed and use ecosystem-based criteria. They define

  • Maine should reject a national park

    By Anne Mitchell When President Obama appointed Roxanne Quimby to the National Park Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, the NPF press release bio of Ms. Quimby included a reference to having “bought and conserved approximately 120,000 acres of wild lands in Maine at risk of or already damaged by logging for timber.” Her choice

  • Responsible management of the Bagaduce River

    By Tom Stewart On Jan. 24, a Maine daily newspaper ran an insightful piece addressing failed fisheries regulations and the uncertain future of depleted fisheries stocks. A major point of the commentary was that we need to take a more integrative approach to the management of our marine resources, one that respects the interdependency of