• Does anyone remember austerity?

    “Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.” — Ronald Reagan   Without a doubt, the members of the Ellsworth City Council are conscientious and committed to the city’s best interests. They’re hard working, informed and accessible. Any chance they could work fiscal

  • Another rant

    Angry over opposition to several of his legislative proposals from Democrats and some members of his own Republican party, Governor Paul LePage lashed out in an hour-long news conference on Friday. The Governor promised to veto every bill sponsored by a Democrat until or unless his opponents back down and support his proposed constitutional amendment

  • Tribal sovereignty

    Having angrily withdrawn their representatives to the Maine Legislature, the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes are now calling on the United States Congress to initiate a full and open review of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, which was signed into law in 1980 to resolve a lengthy and costly legal dispute over tribal claims to

  • Standardized testing

    In classrooms across the state next year, Maine students will be confronted by their third different annual assessment test in as many years. Could it be that standardized testing, while it has an appropriate place in educational systems here in Maine and across the nation, has created as many or more problems than it solves?

  • May 10, 1915: “Americanism and the Foreign-Born”

    This speech was delivered by President Woodrow Wilson on May 10, 1915, to a group of 4,000 newly naturalized citizens at Convention Hall in Philadelphia. It came three days after the sinking of the transatlantic liner Lusitania, and attracted great attention because it made no direct reference to that event and the loss of almost

  • Priorities

    In Las Vegas last week, two boxers whose egos match their bank accounts capitalized on monumental hype and a gullible public to share a $300 million payoff for their participation in a pursuit that does absolutely nothing to advance the betterment of humanity — other than their own, of course. It is simply astounding that

  • Partisanship trumps statesmanship

    Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta is an honorable man trying to do the right thing. At a news conference last week, Katz unveiled proposed legislation to resolve an ongoing controversy and prevent Governor Paul LePage, or any future Maine governor, from holding hostage bonds that have been approved at the ballot box by Maine

  • We need a new mindset

    We need a new mindset

    When thoughts turn — as they so often do — to economic development here in Maine, Maine government and legislative leaders inevitably get caught up in schemes designed to attract large industries, capable of employing several hundred workers. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that, even should such a company be convinced to

  • A $38 million dollar scam

    Chances are, few Mainers had ever heard of a one-day loan before a superbly-developed two-part investigative series by reporter Whit Richardson in the Maine Sunday Telegram blew the whistle on what can only be regarded as a $38.5-million scam on Maine taxpayers. Those one-day loans played a major part in something called the New Markets

  • Grab for power

    Governor Paul LePage is attempting, via the legislative process, to strip Maine’s attorney general of the authority to pass judgment on the legality of regulations proposed by state agencies to implement laws passed by the Legislature. The Governor takes issue with Attorney General Janet Mills’ opinion that some of those regulations likely are in conflict

  • The Governor’s road show

    Whether one agrees with or opposes Governor Paul LePage’s tax reform proposals, the public discussion and debate they have generated is part of a valuable and informative process. An audience estimated at more than 180 people turned out last week when LePage brought his road show to Ellsworth High School. The avowed goal of the

  • Concealed carry

    Police chiefs from across the state have rightly denounced a proposal (LD 652) by state Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin County) to allow almost any adult Mainer to carry a concealed handgun. Brakey’s contention that current permitting system for concealed weapons “makes you jump through legal hoops to wear a jacket” is both glib and disingenuous.