June 13, 2013 RSS feed / Commentary

Creative economy thrives in studios above street level

In downtown Bath, there’s more going on upstairs than meets the eye.  At street level, retail shops, restaurants and service businesses are open daily to serve the public.  Upstairs, businesses that are part of Maine’s “cr More...

A generation at risk of domestic abuse

When confronted with a significant social problem like domestic violence, it is prudent to look at all aspects of the problem in any attempt at searching for a resolution. More...

A bipartisan budget that pleases no one

AUGUSTA — Members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee worked past midnight Friday to put the finishing touches on a $6.3 billion budget that will upset most people, please no one, and was passed unanimously in an increasingly More...

Schools blown up by town property bubble  Free Access 

Pem Schaeffer’s letter to the editor of June 5 (“Reject budget for Brunswick schools,” Page A6) is a surprise. More...

Two-party government is deadlocked government

Many voters think splitting control of the government between the two major political parties is a good idea.  It seems obvious that the two sides will have to compromise to produce results, and extreme policies can be avoided.  Right now, More...

Economy is our focus, not board picks  Free Access 

I have been working on the policy issues surrounding the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority since its creation. More...

Wiscasset’s budget contains too many frills  Free Access 

The Wiscasset Budget Committee would like to clarify the reasons why it opposes several articles in an upcoming municipal referendum. More...

Only GOP spite stopping health care law

House Republicans have voted 37 times to repeal ObamaRomneyCare — the Affordable Care Act, which creates a national health insurance system similar to the one Massachusetts has had since 2006. More...

Washington’s power inversion

There’s a weird calm around Washington these days. The Obama administration only has a year before the lame-duck status sets in. Yet you don’t get a sense of urgency. More...

Syria’s savage civil war

Syria’s savage civil war may have just entered a new and darker phase. During the past few weeks, momentum has shifted sharply away from the rebels in favor of the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.  More...

Which is sicker: Hospitals? Or politicians?

The real question Mainers should be asking themselves is, “Why is this even a political issue?”  As every Mainer who is awake (and a pathetically large number of Mainers — and other Americans — out of state) has learned o More...

Debt hawks don’t let facts stave off hunger for cuts

Last month, the Congressional Budget Office released its muchanticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from the deficit scolds who have had so much influence on our policy discourse.  More...

High-quality early education will boost students, economy

GUEST COLUMN

It’s that time of year again when our young people are graduating from high schools all across Maine. It’s a time to celebrate their accomplishments. More...

Health care law needs work, not repeal

Everybody seems to like hybrids. They are often better than the originals that were combined to make them.  Hybrid flowers are among the most prized beauties. More...

Most energy decisions best made locally

Personal energy use is much on our minds these days. More...

China’s missing brand

In the race to be the world’s dominant economy, Americans have at least one clear advantage over the Chinese: We’re much better at branding.  More...

Open communication key to a mother’s success

When I was younger, I remember hearing adults saying things like, “Being a parent is the toughest job I’ve ever had.”  More...

Run for your lives! Obamacare is coming!

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. More...

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It’s OK to boost government spending  Free Access 

A funny thing happened this week. Japan announced that since it reversed its decade-long austerity policy in January, switching to a stimulus policy, it has experienced growth. More...