Commentary

  • The better angels of our nature

    By Rick Otto The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 that made gay marriage the law of the land was unexpected considering the composition of the court. Just like the landmark rulings and congressional acts of the 1950s and 1960s regarding civil rights, this decision will be remembered as another major step toward equal justice

  • The Pope’s Challenge: Morality vs. Prosperity

    By Bill Eacho Pope Francis has made it clear that all of us have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet, and as such must address the challenge of climate change. Many frame this issue as capitalism vs. Christianity, as economic prosperity vs. morality. But it doesn’t have to be one or the

  • Breast cancer: A 2020 vision

    By Nancy Greene Deadline2020? Yes! By Jan. 1, 2020, breast cancer will be wiped out! Like polio, typhoid, cholera. Gone. Ancient history. No more anxious waiting after that annual mammogram. No more panic from a rogue twinge or simply a funny feeling in a breast. No more subdued phone conversations to say that someone was

  • Renewables laid an egg

    By Richard C. Hill One of the central concerns of the Carter administration (1977-1981) was the management of the “energy crisis” driven by the 1973 and 1979 Middle East oil embargos. The shift to renewable energy was to play a major role. The notion was widespread. Amory Lovins suggested that by 2015 fossil fuel would

  • So, how’s retirement going?

    By Elaine S. Potoker So how’s retirement going? For those of you who are Gen X’ers, Y’s, Millennials, Z’s or 20-somethings, or somethings who go by some other name, stay with me. This will concern you — particularly if you swear (as my older daughter often does) that you plan to retire early and never

  • It’s showtime in Augusta

    By Rep. Lawrence Lockman By the time this column appears in print, the Statehouse in Augusta will be the scene of a state budget showdown that’s been brewing for months, if not years. Maine people are about to witness a clash of visions about what kind of state we want for the next generation of

  • Landmark birth control decision turns 50

    By Nicole Clegg Today, women make up the majority of college undergrads. Women earn half of all medical degrees, half of all law degrees and half of all doctoral degrees. Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of new businesses in the United States and, since 1965, the gender pay gap has decreased from 40

  • “How many people does it take to…?”

    By Richard C. Hill When chlorofluorocarbons were found to damage the high atmospheric ozone layer, a group of chemists and refrigerator compressor designers found new working fluids and designs that eliminated the problem. The new refrigerators worked as well or better than the old ones and the cost was not increased. I don’t know the

  • Spring time, mytho time

    By Todd R. Nelson Unite and unite and let us all unite, For summer is acome unto day, And whither we are going we all will unite, In the merry morning of May. The old Padstow Carol augurs many things. A traditional May Day song from the English villages of yore, it invites us to

  • 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