Commentary

  • 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

  • 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