Commentary

  • A letter to Maine: Don’t repeal income tax

    By Dave Seaton My very pleasant August vacation in Sullivan Harbor has been peppered by newspaper reports on the push by Maine Governor Paul LePage to eliminate the state’s income tax. Although completely unsolicited, my advice is unalloyed: DON’T DO IT! Out in Kansas we are suffering a fiscal fiasco as a result of Republican

  • Bipartisan backroom budget bloviators beg rebuttal

    By Lawrence Lockman American author and humorist Mark Twain famously observed that no citizen’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Was he thinking of Maine? Twain grew up in Missouri after Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. I have no idea

  • Keep this road to recovery open

    By Darren Ripley We commend Governor LePage for convening a group of law enforcement officials and addiction and recovery providers to address the statewide problem of substance addiction and for acknowledging that “we can’t just arrest our way out of this problem.” Escalating illegal drug use is a symptom of a much larger addiction problem

  • Distributed Energy

    By Richard C. Hill When building my home in 1949, I insisted on underground electric service. A backhoe dug the 150-foot trench from the road to the foundation. I placed the wire, threaded the wire trough conduit near the foundation, and again at the road. Now, when the lights go out in my home, I

  • Marijuana in the new millennium

    As a Healthy Maine Partnership and Drug Free Communities Coalition, Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. The goal of these efforts is to protect the health, safety and quality of life for all, especially youth and families. A

  • It’s gastronomic etymology, deah! Whoopie!

    By Todd R. Nelson “Eclectic” is the name of the game for seventh and eighth grade vocabulary sources — words plucked from their free-range appearances in periodical literature. One year we read articles on Wiffle ball fields in Connecticut and UMaine-Presque Isle’s peripatetic baseball team; gargoyles at 527 West 110th St. and cold fusion in

  • A House (and a Senate) divided, but a good budget nonetheless

    By Sen. David C. Burns In divided government, nobody gets everything they want. Over the past few months at the Statehouse, compromise has been necessary on a number of issues, most notably the biennial budget. Maine’s constitution requires a balanced budget, so had a budget not been passed, the state government would have shut down.

  • New partnerships yield new strategies in workforce development

    By Ellen Beaulieu and Isla Baldwin The University of New England (UNE) has been designated and recognized as a groundbreaker in new models of higher education by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UNE was selected to join the Gates-funded Breakthrough Models Incubator a year ago to collaborate with nationally recognized business and education leaders

  • Legislative session was a “humbling experience”

    By Sen. Brian Langley  During the recess of the Legislature between June 30 and July 16, more than 3,000 customers visited the Union River Lobster Pot; a great many were locals. They asked countless questions about the experience of the first session of the 127th Legislature, as much was made of it in the news.

  • A case of depraved indifference

    By Rebecca Hobbs What is depraved indifference murder? In Maine, even though a defendant may not have set out intentionally to cause someone’s death, he or she may be convicted of murder when engaging in conduct showing a depraved indifference to the value of human life that ultimately causes a person’s death. The verdict in

  • Don’t be in the DARK on food labeling

    By Dick Atlee Are you in the dark about The DARK Act? The Deny Americans the Right to Know (what’s in their food) Act — HR 1599? Also known as “The Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts,” it is now in the House of Representatives, sponsored by representatives taking Big Money from Monsanto and the

  • Gang of Four budget mimics corrupt D.C. politics

    By Rep. Lawrence Lockman Who could have imagined, in the days and weeks after last November’s decisive statewide election, that just eight months later the Legislature would enact a state budget that increases spending by a whopping $300 million, jacks up taxes on tens of thousands of middle-class Maine households and makes it easier for