Editorials

  • A job well done

    Motorists who have traveled Maine roads for more than a year or two likely have experienced the frustration of sitting motionless in a line of traffic for long minutes at a time while road construction crews worked to rebuild or repave sections of the highway. That was not the case during the recent paving of

  • Federal highway funding

    Rather than simply increase funding for the Federal Highway Trust Fund, Congress should reject the status quo, take a much more focused look at how the money is being spent and consider a major reform of the Federal Highway Administration. By the time you read this, Congress likely will have approved another patchwork mechanism by

  • The scourge of corruption

    President Obama’s just completed Africa trip was an interesting spectacle in part because he did something that only an African-American president could pull off — he delivered several tough love lectures, telling his hosts they were making important progress but that they needed to do much better. He repeatedly came back to the subject of

  • Social Security’s future

    Within weeks of taking office, the next president of the United States must begin fitting his or her promises and plans for the nation’s economy into a budget proposal. It is likely that no challenge will be greater than coming up with a budget that puts America on a more responsible fiscal course. Over the

  • The power of 545

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, columnist Charlie Reese of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida penned several versions of a column observing that “politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.” Since Reese died some years ago, various forms of his column keep on appearing on the

  • The power of 545

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, columnist Charlie Reese of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida penned several versions of a column observing that “politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.” Since Reese died some years ago, various forms of his column keep on appearing on the

  • The Iran agreement

    “We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” President Barack Obama said of an agreement reached last week between Iran and seven world powers — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union — to limit Iran’s controversial nuclear program for at least a decade. We

  • First Budget initiative

    In the weeks and months leading to the 2016 presidential election, we’ll hear an array of promises and economic plans being advanced by candidates of all political persuasions. That is nothing new. But as shown so clearly over the past decade, the fiscal decisions made by our presidents — aided and abetted by members of

  • How much is a trillion?

    In these days of a gigantic $18.2-trillion national debt, the phrase “a trillion dollars” rolls off the tongue with scarcely a second thought. But did you ever wonder how long it would take — counting one dollar every second — to count out one trillion dollars? Thanks to the Math Central web site, the calculation

  • A restructured UMS

    Thanks to the Maine Legislature, the number of campuses comprising the University of Maine System (UMS) is enshrined in state law. Despite the financial woes that continue to plague the system, there’s little likelihood that any of those seven campuses will be eliminated in the foreseeable future. But one wonders: Will the trustees of the