Commentary

  • In defense of the Maine Lottery

    By Gregg Mineo The Maine State Lottery was enacted by the people of Maine in a statewide referendum in 1973. The Maine Lottery had its first drawing in June 1974 and is one of 45 state-run lotteries across the United States. Since its inception, the Maine Lottery has provided revenue to the state of Maine

  • Old school progress reports

    By Todd R. Nelson If you were a fourth-grader at the Eggertsville Elementary School in Eggertsville, N.Y., in the early 1940s, citizenship occupied fully half of the small blue report card that you took home to your parents at the end of each marking period — six times a year. Citizenship was complicated! It was

  • A community’s loss

    By Pat Perry The community of Gouldsboro lost a lot in recent days when we lost Bud Holland to cancer. Bud was the proprietor of Holland’s Garage in West Bay, the longtime social and blue-collar hub of our area. I remember vividly as a little boy, following closely on my father’s heels as we entered

  • Musings on St. Patrick’s Day

    Yes, it is almost that time of the year again, March 17, when anyone with a drop of Irish blood celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, there are 80 million people around the world who claim to be of Irish descent. How is it that a man who wasn’t even Irish himself is lauded worldwide with special food and drink, marching bands and parades?

  • Mismanaged measurements

    Since getting involved with advancing the science of performance econometrics, I have become a severe critic of government policy and practice in the economic arena — especially when it deviates from application of sound scientific and economic principle. Any good science requires quality measurement and quality communication of what that measurement means. On both these fronts, the government and big media are woefully underperforming.

  • Reverse “Robin Hood” effect

    By Roger Bowen “Tax reform” sounds like having a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon: unimaginable that anyone would decline if offered. And when tax reform refers to cutting the income tax of individual Mainers, who in their right mind would be opposed? Everyone I know wants to pay less of their income to

  • Presidential pets have left their mark

    Presidential pets have left their mark

    While Presidents Day, which we observed Monday, may be a time to reflect on the nation’s leaders, over the past two centuries, hundreds of animals also have been part of the 44 U.S. presidential administrations.

  • Severing UMaine System’s Gordian Knot

    The ancient myth of the Gordian knot addresses the seemingly intractable problem: the knot that cannot be untied. One solution is to sever the knot with a sword: Alexander’s lightning battles, Napoleon’s Code, LePage’s laser focus on taxes and energy costs. Another solution is founded in “thinking outside the box,” exemplified by the Guttenberg Press, IT innovators Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and UMaine System Chancellor Jim Page, arguably the best strategic thinker we have seen in that position.

  • Points to ponder on Orland wind power

    Dear Editor: Let me start by thanking the selectmen for recognizing the overwhelming importance of the wind power issue for many Orland residents and scheduling a vote on a moratorium. We elect you to represent us by protecting our health, welfare and property while we are busy doing our own jobs and paying our taxes.