Commentary

  • America’s Transformation

    Liberalism is best applied through big, centralized government. Liberalism incorporates the belief that government knows best and must, therefore, limit individual freedoms, heavily regulate business, control educational curricula, health care, banking, and so on, as well as dominate states’ rights.

  • The Nuclear Option

    The Maine Yankee nuclear plant was commissioned in 1972 with a license to operate until 2008. During every year of operation, changes were made to improve safety and performance. The watchword: “Let’s not do anything to jeopardize our application for a relicense in 2008.”

  • Culture clash

    On one side, you have the arcane practices of shared governance, academic freedom and tenure, all notions central to the operation of higher education for the past 100 years and that are embraced by university faculty across the nation. On the other side, you have university system administrators decrying budget deficits on campuses and aggressively seeking ways to cut costs. The clash between these contrasting positions has hit the University of Southern (USM) Maine loud and hard. Fifty faculty members at USM stand to lose their jobs and the University of Maine System (UMS) will “save” an estimated $6 million as a result. A different bottom line: public higher education is not a privately owned paper mill nor should it be treated like one.

  • Deceptive statistics

    Some of the economic statistics put out by the government and parroted by the mainstream media for general public consumption are downright misleading. It is not that they are inaccurate, false or biased. It is just that what they imply is different from what actually is. It is more that they give an incomplete perspective. It is what they don’t say that causes much of the misinterpretation.

  • The economic health of average Americans

    Lately people have been coming up to me and saying, “The economy is looking good, don’t you think?” I respond, “What makes you say that?” A frequent reply is, “Well, the stock market is doing well, job growth looks good and people are getting a heck of a deal on health insurance.”

  • Maine’s Ebola Sense

    The first thing we have to say about Maine’s legal test in respect of the Ebola quarantine is that Kaci Hickox is one lucky nurse. If we had to sit out the incubation period for some horrible disease, the place we’d like to do it is Aroostook County. This glorious wilderness, dappled with lovely lakes, small towns, quiet roads, and sensible people is the kind of place about which those who toil in the big city can only dream. We’d bring an easel and some oil paints and look at nothing but fog and forest until the danger of fever had passed.

  • Future possibilities for Bucksport mill

    I read with interest Chip Reeves’ Commentary “It’s the Maine Way” in the Oct. 2 edition of The Ellsworth American, which was published one day after the announcement by Verso that the Bucksport mill would be permanently shut down in the fourth quarter. Chip’s article made me wonder if the Bucksport mill site might be adaptable to the integrated solid waste disposal system that the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) is proposing as an alternative to the continued use of PERC after 2018.

  • China can offer lessons to America

    BATH — My in-depth work with thousands of families over the past 40 years, including American, Chinese and Chinese-American families, has taught me American and Chinese parents could learn much from each other.

  • On consulting reputable sources

    I’m writing, again, in response to comments by Tom Rolfes of Mount Desert.
    Mr. Rolfes, as he admits, is not an expert in climate science. There’s nothing wrong with that — it’s important that people learn about climate change.

  • A tragic silence

    Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death on March 13, 1964, outside her New York apartment while 38 people ignored her cries for help. Each of the 38 bystanders to this horrible tragedy, when later interviewed, thought someone else would help Kitty and they did not need to.

  • Back to school for UMaine System

    It’s back-to-school time for the University of Maine System. You can tell because there are long lines of system administrators at Reny’s uncomfortably picking up their school supplies. So, in that back-to-school spirit, let’s review the health of our University System.