• Asymmetric warfare or “Send the Army home”

    By Michael Hall The United States is losing the war. At fault is our bloated and wasteful military. Our military leaders are training to refight their last successful wars, World War II, Korea and the 1991 Gulf War. They have forgotten the lessons of our revolution, Vietnam and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Our country’s

  • My back pages

    Time was, I used to write a syllabus for my English class. I listed the readings, vocabulary and grammar goals and gave a succinct statement of my philosophy.

  • Tax cuts motivate much positive economic activity

    Phil Grant Democrats say tax cuts don’t help the economy but that is partly because they have revised history to make it look that way. Also, they have a fierce hatred for all things Trump, therefore, they can’t support the cuts or anything else that might make Trump look good. They would much rather bash

  • Human trafficking is a global concern

    By Sen. Kimberley Rosen Modern-day slavery victimizes over 27 million people worldwide, making human trafficking a global concern that affects our country at all levels. In 2012, human trafficking became the second fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, following drug trafficking, and the two crimes are often linked. That’s why it seems fitting

  • American decline

    By Margaret Cruikshank Several years ago I gave a talk titled “American Decline” to a group of Austrian students majoring in American studies. The professor was not pleased. “Too negative,” she cried, “too negative. No one will want to go there.” If I were to revisit the students in 2018, I would have much more

  • Let’s strive for civil civic dialogues

    By Grace Tarr and Peter Sly The Ellsworth American published Grace’s short letter on Black Lives Matter in early December, 2016. That letter sparked the two of us, prompted by Peter, to talk informally about deeper issues. Grace aligns most closely with conservative/libertarian values. Peter is an independent liberal. Grace’s core values are: faith, freedom,

  • An educator looks at the January woodpile

    By Todd R. Nelson If you’re anything like me, and your winter is proceeding anything like mine, the woodpile is a kind of barometer. Things are looking good. It’s been fairly warm, despite a few arctic blasts. And then we hit the January thaw, as we did this week. And one can begin to imagine

  • Plenty of work ahead in Augusta

    By Sen. Brian Langley The halls of the State House are bustling once more as lawmakers return to Augusta and committees get down to work for the second regular session of the 128th Legislature. This session is bittersweet for me, as this will be my last year representing the fine people of Senate District 7