• Corn ethanol give-away

    Back in 2005, Congress enacted into law the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which forced oil refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline as a way to lower carbon emissions and make the United States less dependent on foreign oil. U.S. gasoline consumption peaked in 2007 and has declined 6 percent since then. But because the standard

  • Right-sizing government

    The Maine Legislature will consider upwards of 2,000 bills before its current session adjourns sometime in June, but none of them will be of greater import than a state budget for the next biennium. The budget proposal of Republican Governor Paul LePage and that of Democrats in the Maine House and Senate are far apart.

  • Restoring civility

    In a lecture last week at the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins suggested that we, as a people, turn the mirror on ourselves when we wonder about the divisiveness, animosity and loss of civility that pervade public discourse and interaction from the halls of the U.S. Senate to

  • From “A” grade to watch list

    After receiving the state’s highest rating grade for two consecutive years, the Surry Elementary School now finds itself among Maine schools on a watch list, thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The school recently was identified as a “monitor school” for its failure to attain “adequate yearly progress” toward the challenging goal

  • LMF funds hold hostage

    Governor Paul LePage has thumbed his nose at Maine voters — and not for the first time — with his refusal to allow the sale of voter-approved bonds totaling $11.4 million for the Land for Maine’s Future program. LePage dispatched Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock to last week’s LMF board meeting with word that

  • Kudos to Collins and King

    Once again, Maine’s Susan Collins has rejected the stance taken by a majority of her Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate. And once again, she is deserving of a full measure of respect from her Maine constituents. Collins and just six other senators refused earlier this month to  join 47 Republicans who signed an open

  • Clinton and secrecy

    There are those who contend that the firestorm over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state is tantamount to making a mountain out of a molehill. We don’t agree. Why would a person who holds one of the nation’s top offices take steps to keep her

  • Collaborative budget process

    In its March 13 edition, the bi-weekly Quoddy Tides of Eastport commented editorially on a matter that is of keen importance to this newspaper, and one that, in our opinion, does not get sufficient attention in Maine publications. While Editor Edward French focused primarily on Washington County communities, his well-reasoned thoughts, which appear in these

  • Renewable hydropower

    Since Maine legislators gave fast track, favorable status to wind power development in 2009, Maine has suffered under that legislation. Despite the fact that the constant flow of water is one of the cleanest and most reliable sources of energy for electricity generation, under Maine law, hyrdopower facilities generating more than 100 megawatts of electricity

  • Take it slow

    The old caution, “Marry in haste, repent at leisure,” has applications beyond matrimony. The selection of a top manager for a leadership position, whether by a private corporation or a public body, is another of those commitments where haste often leads to woe. For this reason it is cause for concern that the Ellsworth School