Will Maine ask doctors to stand watch at the gallows?

By Fritz Spencer on May 19, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
With her small hands the young girl shapes a round, ample hole in the warm earth, and then tenderly places a flower upright on the soil. She gently tips the water can to let the cool, life-giving water slowly pour out onto the petals as if to say “Live! Grow!” …
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada May 13, 2015.

Iraq and Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 19, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest. Even if the presumed front-runner hasn’t officially announced his candidacy yet. Jeb Bush’s first, second, third and fourth …

Lindsey Graham Is Right

on May 18, 2015, at 12:39 p.m.
The controversial United States Senator who is one of the most aggressive warhawks in Congress is running for President. Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will be running because “the world is falling apart.” Let’s face it, and it was a great pain for me to say these four words …
Andy Sandweiss is pictured atop the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., earlier this year following a group meeting with President Barack Obama as part of the 2015 United States Senate Youth Program.

Here’s one way we can get our young people interested in running for office

By Andrew Sandweiss on May 18, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
The Greek philosopher Diogenes wrote, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” I agree. It is our youth upon whom our country’s future is built, for without them there is no future at all. While the general education of U.S. students is better than average, we …

Angus King is asking the right questions about arming Ukraine

By Brian Milakovsky on May 18, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists is heating up again, and many U.S. policymakers are calling for President Obama to resolve the conflict by giving Ukraine weaponry to defeat the separatists and Russian supporters. This is a disastrous policy that would undermine the efforts …
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, May 16, 2015.

Another Bush damaged by Iraq war

By Gwynne Dyer on May 18, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
He just misheard the question. A basically friendly interviewer on Fox News asked Jeb Bush, now seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion (of Iraq)?” And he replied: “I would have.” When the storm of protest, even from …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16 in this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo.

Wind power isn’t making the big impact its champions claim

By Paula Moore on May 17, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
The Maine Renewable Energy Association recently released information from a white paper to clarify the 2013 benefits of wind power in Maine and predict future benefits in 2020. Unfortunately, the association’s press release touted at least one simplistic conclusion: Wind power theoretically offset the CO2 emissions from 94,000 vehicles in …
U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One to depart from the Oregon Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon May 8, 2015.

Democrats have turned against Obama on free trade

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 17, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World …

Trans-Pacific trade deal is the latest threat to our democracy

By John Buell on May 17, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
Conservatives warn us deficit spending will turn the U.S. into a fiscal basket case, such as Greece. No longer truly independent, Greece is ruled by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. What conservatives seldom point out is that membership in the Eurozone cost Greece …

Where have you gone, Bobby Fischer?

on May 17, 2015, at 12:17 a.m.
Many years ago, while on vacation in Mallorca, I bought a chessboard, an inlaid mahogany slate with tournament-caliber playing pieces. The purchase was impulsive, and a nostalgic salute to my adolescent fervor for the royal game – along with an attempt to motivate myself back to regular play. While the …
Doug Hughes pilots his gyrocopter March 17 near the Wauchula Municipal Airport in Wauchula, Florida.

I flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol lawn to save our democracy

By Doug Hughes, Washington Post on May 16, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
When I return to Washington for my arraignment in federal court this week, it will be by car, not gyrocopter. My flying days are over, perhaps forever. Accepting responsibility for my actions means I accept their consequences, which I always took seriously. As my freedom rests in the court’s hands, …
A marijuana plant during a demonstration in support of the legalization of marijuana in Medellin, May 2, 2015.

Why two former cops are trying to legalize marijuana in Maine

By Mark Dion and Kevin J. Battle on May 16, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
Why are we, two cops-turned-legislators, trying to legalize pot? Because it’s going to happen, and we want to make sure the approach Maine takes is safe, successful, regulated and taxed. The time to legalize is now so our representatives don’t fall behind the voters. We must be proactive, not reactive. …

Solving the welfare cliff, unlike banning junk food, is actual welfare reform

on May 16, 2015, at 8:16 a.m.
As I ranted in my post last week, I am in a constant state of discontent when it comes to what is or isn’t welfare reform. The public discourse around the subject doesn’t soothe me much either. People want to talk about grocery receipts when I am thinking about children …

Five Reasons LD1401 is the Best Way to Legalize in Maine

on May 15, 2015, at 8:20 p.m.
By Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland) and Rep. Kevin J. Battle (R-South Portland) As two former police officers with 59 years of collective law enforcement experience, we believe LD1401 is the only way to safely and effectively legalize marijuana in Maine in 2015. There’s no reason to wait until 2016, marijuana legalization is …

Strength from being together: Facing my son’s future with neurofibromatosis

By Kelly Woods on May 15, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
I first heard the word neurofibromatosis about six years ago this month. I was taking my sweet newborn, Jett, for his well-baby check up and couldn’t wait for his pediatrician to tell me how much he weighed, how long he was and other fun newborn news. What I wasn’t expecting …

Why Baxter State Park’s former director backs national park plan

By Buzz Caverly on May 14, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
Fifty-five years ago, as a young man shortly out of high school, I was hired as a Baxter State Park ranger and assigned to the Russell Pond campground in the heart of the Wassataquoik Valley, at the eastern edge of the park. For years, I managed a very small, remote …

A victory for populist Democrats

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 14, 2015, at 8:23 a.m.
Could this be the populist moment? A seemingly unstoppable coalition of the powerful assembled to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill: A Democratic president aligned with the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress and the full lobbying might of Corporate America. But on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Democratic minority …

How luck might run out for West Grand Lake’s superior landlocked salmon

By Randy Spencer on May 13, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
Moose. Lobster. Blueberries. Potatoes. They’re all emblematic of Maine and our way of life. Promotions of Maine often show another icon, too, usually airborne, a colorful fly dangling from its mandible — our landlocked salmon. There were only four original sites where landlocked salmon were native in Maine — Sebago …

Preventing suicide starts with education

By Mikaela Cassum on May 13, 2015, at 2:08 p.m.
I come from a community that recently has experienced the shock of losing someone much too young to suicide. Suicide has a way of shattering ignorance. We love to pretend we can’t be touched by such tragedies and that such profound things only happen outside of our community. Since I …
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport.

Legislature has a new chance to get welfare reform right

By Michael Thibodeau on May 13, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
Early one morning recently, while waiting in line at a convenience store, I witnessed something very troubling. The young person ahead of me in line, who was in her pajamas, pulled out an EBT card and used it to buy lottery tickets. She made no other purchases. All I could …
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