• The flame of democracy

    The life of a democracy is happy but short, and the march of folly is well under way in America, former U.S. Sen. William S. Cohen observed in a recent opinion column. New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote recently that the faith in political institutions that culminated in the democratic triumphalism of the 1990s

  • The economic health of average Americans

    Lately people have been coming up to me and saying, “The economy is looking good, don’t you think?” I respond, “What makes you say that?” A frequent reply is, “Well, the stock market is doing well, job growth looks good and people are getting a heck of a deal on health insurance.”

  • Dock-tored facts

    Dear Editor: Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously remarked “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” With that thought, I respond to Susan Scherbel’s Sept. 4 commentary “The Hancock Dock Saga: What Is the Big Deal?” Ms. Scherbel has mischaracterized many facts.

  • The other side of Iran

    Dear Editor: Recently I returned from a three-week visit to Iran. With three companions, I toured the length and breadth of the country by private vehicle. We were delighted to find so many Iranians who spoke English. Street signs in cities, towns and rural areas were in Farsi and English. Antiquity sites and museums also

  • Great piece, wrong place

    Dear Editor: Congratulations on becoming “Newspaper of the Year”; however, you did not live up to that accolade when you relegated “Sisters At Sea” to the Arts and Leisure section. Clearly this article should have been your primary piece for “On the Waterfront.” Jacqueline Weaver’s excellent article deserves more recognition for its timeliness and newsworthy

  • Letting the taxpayers down

    Dear Editor: As I was reading about the RSU 24 space crunch, I was amazed that there was no mention of the bus garage in Hancock as far as square footage and what they are paying for a lease there. The square footage at the bus garage is 7,500 square feet of floor space and

  • The American century

    Economics is the foundation for national power. The relative ascendance in international affairs that Americans have become used to will continue into this century if — and only if — the U.S. economy can support it. The shaping of the modern American economy began with the industrial revolution of the post-Civil War decades. Theodore Roosevelt