Commentary

  • Why the Brazilian elections matter

    By J.P. Linstroth On Oct. 28, Jair Bolsonaro was elected as the 38th president of Brazil from the Social Liberal Party, a conservative leaning party. His critics call him the “Brazilian Trump.” Indeed, Bolsonaro’s election is symptomatic of a worldwide trend toward “right-wing populism” and “neo-nationalism,” or popular sympathies favoring political candidates on the far

  • A great cause for the next spaghetti supper

    By John Fuhrman There are many people, places and things to enjoy here in Downeast Maine, but by far one of my favorites is the spaghetti supper. First, I really enjoy good spaghetti, but more importantly, I have come to enjoy what these suppers really mean. They mean a community, no matter how troubled they

  • A caravan to the border of integrity

    By Todd R. Nelson I like a good caravan. It reminds me of people seeking safety, opportunity; people not afraid to move, to leave the known and go. It reminds me of my people. They came from all over Europe — pilgrims from Plymouth; humble folk from the slums of Glasgow; from the Scottish borders;

  • Bagaduce changes a cautionary tale

    By Bundy H. Boit The Bagaduce River, Downeast Maine’s most productive and diverse fishery, is about to be permanently altered to advance the economic interests of a single business, and for the state’s relentless pursuit of aquaculture. It is a cautionary tale for the entire coast of Maine. By next year, an oyster business will

  • And now a word from the Delphic Oracle

    It’s hard out there for an oracle, I’m tellin’ ya. There used to be a line of people out the temple door waiting to get the lowdown: wisdom, truth, insights, even the football spreads, however ambiguously they might be stated.

  • Partisanship over statesmanship for Collins

    By Hugh Bowden With what was probably the most disappointing performance of her long U.S. Senate career, Maine’s Susan Collins handed Donald Trump a big win on Oct. 6 when she voted to confirm the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In doing so, Collins and her Republican

  • The troubling evolution of Susan Collins

    In an interview covering the Supreme Court confirmation process, Sen. [Susan] Collins recently referred to people calling her office with concerns over the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh and how he might rule in certain situations as “leftists.”