Commentary

  • Left-wing carpetbaggers push welfare for politicians

    By Rep. Lawrence Lockman Coming soon from radio and TV outlets across the state of Maine: yet another aerial bombardment of campaign propaganda for yet another ballot initiative funded by wealthy out-of-state donors who think Maine people aren’t bright enough to manage our own affairs. Last year, it was anti-hunting zealots from away who wanted

  • The numbers don’t lie on gun control effectiveness

    By Hugh Curran Another mass shooting has taken place, this one in a quiet college town in Oregon. It is difficult to fathom these massacres and the psychology behind them, but whatever the reason Americans seem to become more and more numbed. Under such circumstances, it is difficult to comprehend the insistence of the gun

  • Feelings vs. data

    By Richard C. Hill Here are a series of issues that have both a social and technical component: (1) Management of nuclear waste; (2) genetically modified food crops; (3) climate modification; (4) energy alternatives; and (5) smart meters. I watch the public discourse with care and interest, and observe the reaction of political leaders. The

  • Funding of substance abuse treatment must be increased

    By Dick Dimond The widespread and unconstrained epidemic of drug abuse in Maine has included an unprecedented number of overdose deaths. As a result, Sen. Angus King and Governor Paul LePage recently convened two separate forums in hopes of developing effective and comprehensive strategies to reverse this situation. Three individual working groups have been formed

  • Sharing responsibility

    By Roger Bowen Should Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor residents have to subsidize public safety expenses for the thousands of tourists expected to flock to the Schoodic Peninsula’s section of Acadia National Park? This, in a nutshell, is the question I posed to the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission on Sept. 14. This issue was prompted

  • Cultivating blueberries: A better blueprint

    By Jody Spear According to a recent report from MaineSalmonRivers.org, transitioning to organic production of blueberries makes sense for economic as well as ecological reasons. The report, titled “Inheritance of Blue,” points out that only 1 percent of Maine’s total blueberry acreage is now managed organically. Because 80 percent of commercial growers operate on less

  • Feelings vs. data

    By Richard C. Hill Here are a series of issues that have both a social and technical component: (1) Management of nuclear waste; (2) genetically modified food crops; (3) climate modification; (4) energy alternatives; and (5) smart meters. I watch the public discourse with care and interest, and observe the reaction of political leaders. The

  • 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