Sen. Ed Muskie believed in Eliot Cutler. You should, too

By Edmund S. Muskie Jr. on March 27, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
My father would have turned 100 years old this week. He has been gone for 18 years now, but his place in Maine and America as a leader and statesman is as secure as ever. I am proud to bear his name and proud that his centennial has sparked a …

America’s own mystery flight

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 27, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
It took off with a clear destination but then veered off course and disappeared. Several countries joined the search for answers and offered conflicting theories about what went wrong. I speak, of course, of the U.S. attempt to keep Vladimir Putin from taking Crimea. Any resemblance between Russia’s annexation of …
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The first phase of the 2014 campaign is over

on March 26, 2014, at 11:28 p.m.
You would have been forgiven for not noticing, but with the deadlines for candidate filings in the June primary behind us, the first phase of the 2014 campaign for control of the Maine Legislature has ended. That’s right — ended, not begun. The beginning of any campaign cycle is not …
Canadian fans cheer while Canada's second Alison Kreviazuk wave to them prior to the gold medal game against Switzerland at the World Women's Curling Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Sunday.

Working neighbors: What Maine, Canada are doing right together

By Pat Binns on March 26, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
It probably won’t be news to anyone here that Maine and Canada share a strong and mutually beneficial trade relationship that continues to prosper and grow each year. Canada is Maine’s largest trading partner; Maine exports $1.1 billion in goods alone to Canada annually, which represents 32 percent of all …

What will it take for Maine to bury its power lines?

By Robert Klose on March 26, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
It is a ritual in Maine, not restricted to winter: A storm is forecast. No sooner do the first flakes or raindrops fall than the power goes out. Prior to the arrival of one of our recent storms, a headline read, “Thousands will lose power.” The operative word in that …
In this file photo made in the 1970s and provided by the Maine Geological Survey, the Callahan Mining Corp. open pit in Brooksville, Maine, is seen while it was still active.

History shows mining’s consequences: Rules to protect Maine’s environment are insufficient

By Fred Kircheis on March 26, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
I have observed mines and mining operations on three continents and in many countries. What too many have in common are the contaminated waters, decimated fish populations, polluted air and destroyed landscapes left behind. Those consequences elsewhere — and in Maine — should be enough to convince Maine residents that …
Sen. Ed Youngblood

Is latest MaineCare expansion proposal right answer to state’s needs?

By Ed Youngblood on March 26, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
During the time that I have been in the Maine Senate, Medicaid expansion is, by far, the most difficult issue that I have encountered. Over the past year, I have had many meetings to listen to the concerns of my constituents. Many of their stories were difficult to hear. No …

More than meets the eye in Obama, pope photo-op

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 25, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope. In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope. The head of the New Evangelical Partnership for the …
In this February 2014 file photo, Kate McPherson of Windham (right) stacks boxes of petition signatures by Mainers who support a ban on bear baiting, hounding and trapping at the Bureau of Elections in Augusta.

The ills of feeding bears fatty junk food: bear-human conflict, growing bear populations

By Daryl DeJoy on March 25, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
In November, Maine will decide whether to ban the baiting, hounding and trapping of black bears. Since Maine residents last voted on this issue in 2004, more data has been gathered from states that have voted to ban these methods. More than ever, we are certain the millions of pounds …

If University of Maine System wants to save money, it should start at the top

By Margaret Cruikshank on March 25, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
I grieve for the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine, the institutions I know best, having taught at both. Previous cuts to these schools have done much harm. The proposed ones are devastating. The name “university” is an honorable one, implying breadth and depth of subject matter. Earlier …

Nelson Durgin: Why I, as a Republican, will vote for independent Eliot Cutler

By Nelson Durgin on March 24, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
I am a longtime active Republican, and I am voting for independent Eliot Cutler for governor. Our current governor has not provided leadership for Maine, nor has he put his conservative ideals into action. If you really want someone who can cut government waste and turn around Maine’s economy, then …
Campaigners from the 40 Days for Life anti-abortion campaign hold a prayer vigil opposite a Marie Stopes family planning clinic in London September 26, 2012.

Pray for women seeking abortion

By Janet LeBlanc on March 24, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
This is a response to Maine Family Planning CEO George Hill’s March 12th OpEd regarding the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in Augusta. Hill made the following accusation: “Every day for about six weeks, patients, visitors and staff of Maine Family Planning in Augusta will pass a gauntlet of …

Ukraine: Putin’s choice

By Gwynne Dyer on March 24, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
By Gwynne Dyer Crimea is going to be part of Russia, and there is nothing anybody else can do about it. The petty sanctions that the United States and the European Union are currently imposing have been discounted in advance by Moscow, and even much more serious sanctions would not …

Buy local, fresh: Support Maine fish markets that know the art of seafood harvesting

on March 24, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.
It used to be that most of the larger towns along the Maine coast and even some of those far inland had a fish market. The owner knew a handful of reliable fishermen, often from his childhood, who could be counted on to deliver his catch on some sort of …

LePage hasn’t gotten memo that war on drugs has failed

By Jill Harris on March 23, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
More than New Hampshire separates Maine from its New England neighbor Vermont. The governors of both states are speaking out about and proposing responses to a serious and growing issue in both states: increased heroin misuse and deaths from overdose. Yet their approaches could not be more different: Vermont Gov. …
Kurt Christiansen, BioRepository Supervisor at The Jackson Laboratory, opens one of the liquid nitrogen refrigerators in the Bio Bank, where 7,000 different strains of mice (sperm and embryos) are stored using cryopreservation, in this May 2013 file photo.

R&D bonds are essential; competition for funds is, too

By Catherine S. Renault on March 23, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Since Gov. Paul LePage took office, Maine’s investment in economic development driven by research and development has plummeted. This is due to the governor’s veto of a small research and development bond bill two years ago and his unwillingness to propose investments in science and technology-based capital investments last year. …
Eric Lund of Saco (left) and his boss, Tom Roth, owner of the family-owned seaweed harvesting business VitaminSea, harvest kelp by hand off Cape Elizabeth in this May 2013 file photo.

Seaweed management strategy could be another damaging blow to Maine’s coastal economy

By Kenneth Ross on March 23, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
A team appointed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources to develop a rockweed harvest management plan has finalized its recommendations. In my view, the signals are not encouraging. The Department of Marine Resources and industry are pushing for large-scale seaweed harvesting despite admitting unknown consequences. It’s shaping up to …

In Ukraine, the invasion will be catered

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 23, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.” That was three months ago. Life overtakes parody. During the …
Fresh milk and cheese from Wholesome Holmstead Farm in Winthrop.

Maine farms: Would you miss them if they disappeared?

By Anne Trenholm on March 21, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
I was among those reading with great interest the recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 farm census. It revealed young farmers 34 years old and younger grew by 40 percent in Maine between 2007 and 2012, women-owned farms increased over 50 percent during the past decade, the …
Jane Martin

What’s there to fear about a ban on Quebec government employees wearing overt religious garb?

By Jane Martin on March 21, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
You may have heard about a debate in Quebec around secularism in government. The Parti Quebecois, the current party governing Quebec, along with the majority of Quebecois, want to pass a charter to make the Quebec government a religiously neutral space. It ostensibly already is, but the new policy would …
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