• The perfect gift

    The stair rule generated much excitement and consternation growing up. On Christmas mornings, my sister and I were allowed to venture partway down the stairs to peer through the railings at the bounty under the tree. But there was no setting foot on the first floor until our parents were awake. The suspense nearly did

  • Wise words from Honest Abe

    Dear Editor: I’d like to phrase an old adage credited to a more honest Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. “You can fool some of the voters all of he time, and all of the voters some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the voters all of the time.” In light of the recent

  • American energy independence

    The United States last week became a net exporter of oil. For the first time in more than 40 years, the country made the switch from importer to exporter. Analysts say the distinction may not last this year, but the milestone might be achieved again next year or in 2020. The implications are considerable. Some

  • The Christmas table

    By Todd R. Nelson   In 11th grade shop class, I worked all fall on a dining room table. It would be a Christmas present for my parents, and a great surprise. My teacher offered me the project based on something he had seen in a woodworking design book — a butcher-block table 5 feet

  • With “T’s” crossed and “I’s” dotted, 129th Legislature prepares to get to work

    The 129th Maine Legislature convened on Dec. 5 for its organizational meeting. The list of senators certified by the secretary of state to have won election was duly “examined and reported.” A provision was made for the designation of Chaplains of the Senate, to be paid $30 for “each officiation.” A process was provided for

  • Shriners outdo themselves

    Hats off (or should we say fezzes?) to the Anah Shrine Facts & Figures Unit for another blockbuster Downeast Festival of Trees. The three-day festival, which was held over the weekend in Franklin, was proof once again that small organizations can do big things. The service at the volunteer-run event was first class from the

  • A great American

    To the Editor: With accolades pouring in from around the world, I cannot help but add a brief story about the time I spent with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush during his run for president. I had been complaining (a little too loudly it seems) that his campaign was losing traction because of his unwillingness

  • Spending more on debt than defense

    By Mark W. Hendrickson The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest that Americans have to pay

  • School officials tell parents to throw away the yardsticks

    By Rep. Lawrence E. Lockman Is it really “poisonous” for parents to compare student test scores in their local school district to test results in other districts across the state? I don’t think so. But then, I’m not a credentialed education professional with advanced degrees, earning $80K or $90K toiling in the government school monopoly

  • Do the math, kids

    Dear Editor: I recently received my monthly AARP magazine that included a lengthy article about the health of Social Security. As is always the case with AARP, and our politicians, they make reference to the “trust fund” being able to carry the extra load of baby boomer retirements until 2034 without any changes. Of course