Opinion

  • Thanks for a terrific Spring Tea

    Dear Editor: The 17th annual Spring Tea at Carver Memorial Library, held on April 28, was a wonderful event thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, the generosity of our sponsors and the guests who made it so special. We were nearly sold out, and we are very pleased with the funds we were

  • Caught in a lie

    Dear Editor: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently attended a summit meeting of the Arctic Council, which is made up of the eight countries that comprise the Arctic. He described that rapidly warming region as a land of “opportunity and abundance.” He cited its untapped reserves of oil, gas, uranium, gold, fishing and rare earth

  • Render unto Caesar

    In January 2018, in the midst of a severe flu season, the Catholic Diocese of Maine instituted protocols to impede the spread. Parishioners with flu symptoms were asked to stay home. For them, the Sunday Mass obligation was lifted. The communion ritual was changed to reduce touching. Shaking hands during the Sign of Peace interval

  • Competing interests

    “The farmer and the cowman should be friends,” according to Richard Rodgers’ lyrics in “Oklahoma!” Although they may step on one another’s toes in the pursuit of their respective trades, the song contends, they need not be enemies. Can a similar peace pact be visited upon Maine’s lobstermen and the advocates of whale safety? They

  • Iran: policy disarray

    Foreign policy is not a science; it is a difficult and uncertain craft even in the best of times. But there are certain guidelines and verities. The purpose of foreign policy is to serve the national interest. Its most effective practitioners are strategists — orchestrating the use of economic, political and military assets including the

  • Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

    By Todd R. Nelson The final line of James Comey’s recent op-ed in The New York Times made clear that we are living in a rhetorical realm in which only the big guns of the literary canon will suffice for perspective. In “How Trump co-opts leaders like Bill Barr,” the former director of the FBI

  • Kindness does make a difference

    Dear Editor: Several weeks ago, as I was driving home from work, I hit a deer. The woman behind me stopped to see if I was OK and offered to stay with me until help arrived. A gentleman in a truck also stopped and removed the deer from the roadway. I failed to get the

  • Put people before profits

    Dear Editor: Dr. [Phil] Grant’s commentary on the pivotal role of profits [“Do not dismiss the pivotal role of profits,” May 2] painstakingly delineates the beneficial role of profits in our capitalistic society. Unfortunately there is nary a word about any of the negative consequences of the unbridled pursuit of profit. Yes, profit potential motivates

  • A heartwarming sight

    Dear Editor: When I started writing this letter, my focus was on the dismal happenings in Washington. This changed after I went to Dunkin’ Donuts at Walmart. An elderly man was falling off a high chair. A man hurried to him and prevented his fall. Another man helped set him erect. This was a simple

  • Wary of aquaculture industry’s future

    Dear Editor: I believe that aquaculture is not only a great idea but that probably it is a necessity if the world’s burgeoning population’s food demands are to be met. My big concern is that the industry will become like “big agra.” That is, feed lot beef that is full of chemicals, mass-produced chicken full

  • New Deal socialism nothing to fear

    Dear Editor: Phil Grant can relax. The socialism that he attacks in his recent op-ed [“Do not dismiss the pivotal role of profits, May 2] is not the socialism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Bernie Sanders. It is not the socialism of the progressive left. For this brand of socialism, forget Lenin or Castro. Go instead