• 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

  • 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