Rockport, Maine Media Workshops and College, Network Maine and GWI worked together during the past year to extend ultra-fast internet service to Rockport Village.

Out of the dark and into the digital age

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Maine has taken a small yet significant step toward the digital age, all thanks to Rockport’s recently unveiled municipal gigabit fiber-optic network, the first of its kind in the state. Maine has sorely lacked the leadership needed to bring fiber to every home from Kittery to Fort Kent. Much of …
Joy Thomas, 76, left, and her son Kevin Thomas, 48, pictured Feb. 2, 2012, in Rocklin, California, were hounded by debt collectors over the past year.

Old debts, bad collectors and knowing your rights

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
If you only read one thing this past weekend, it should have been a book excerpt, “Paper Boys,” by Jake Halpern, in the New York Times Magazine. It describes the colorful, seamy, more-than-borderline-dishonest world of firms that collect old debts. As the industry has been described to me, there’s a …
Paramilitary policemen stand guard during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region August 3, 2014.

“China’s Chechnya”: Terrorism in Xijiang

By Gwynne Dyer on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
It’s not really “China’s Chechnya” yet, but the insurgency in Xinjiang is growing fast. Incidents of anti-Chinese violence are getting bigger and much more frequent. Since March, 176 people have been killed in six separate attacks on Chinese police and government officials, local collaborators and ordinary Chinese residents of Xinjiang …
A man with a walking stick passes protest messages written in a parking lot before the announcement of the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown on Friday in Ferguson, Missouri.

Change hard to handle for Ferguson police

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg News on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
To say the least, the police in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in way over their heads. On Wednesday, two reporters, from the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, were arrested in Ferguson. (St. Louis County law enforcement members who were brought in to assist will be relieved of duty …

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014: Climate change solution, hunting practices, Israel vs. Gaza

By George Danby on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
Yes on 1 Growing up in Aroostook County shaped my unwavering work ethic, respect for community and family, and passion for stewardship of the natural environment and creatures in it. Being from The County made me care about things in a way people “from away” don’t quite understand. I grew …

Why Aroostook County needs Eliot Cutler as governor

By Ray Gauvin on Aug. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m.
I have lived in Aroostook County most of my life. My wife and I raised our family here because of the honest, hard-working people, the beauty and the safety. We’re very concerned about the economy of northern Maine. The facts about Aroostook County speak for themselves: — Our workforce population …

Absentee ballots

on Aug. 17, 2014, at 10:08 a.m.
The Cutler campaign dilemma: Voting early without any scheduled early gubernatorial debates.
Then Sen. Barack Obama (right) stands in front of former Sen. Hillary Clinton as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this January 2007 file photo.

Why Hillary got it right

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” — Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10 Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama …

150 years: How the Civil War enabled later global conflicts

on Aug. 17, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
What does one sloppy skirmish have to do with a global war eight decades later? More importantly, why should we care? Thanks to the heroic exploits of Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, and others, Maine enjoys one of the proudest traditions of the Civil War. Still, up here in New England – …
Gov. Paul LePage (left) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with C&L Aviation CEO Chris Kilgour (right) during a brief tour of C&L Aviation on Tuesday in Bangor.

Landing jobs in Bangor was a team effort, not the sole doing of LePage or Michaud

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Success, the saying goes, has many fathers. Failure is an orphan. The success of C&L Aerospace, a Bangor-based aircraft repair and maintenance company, became the center of a political tug of war this week when Gov. Paul LePage and his New Jersey counterpart Chris Christie visited the facility. A tax …
The Passamaquoddy Water District

Proposed Perry water rules are redundant, burdensome

By Normand Laberge on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
The town of Perry is proposing an ordinance to ensure a municipal review of any large-scale extraction — more than 5,000 gallons per day — from groundwater and surface water. The ordinance is generally intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of people dependent upon such water supplies. The …

President Mulligan

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 7:23 a.m.
Low poll numbers… Ferguson unrest…Iraq airstrikes…Hillary Clinton criticism…Middle East violence…Syria…Ukraine…Ebola…immigration…must be great being president and being on vacation!

Only one election issue this year – Tea Party power

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
The 2014 election campaign has boiled down to a single issue – whether the extreme conservative policies associated with the Tea Party movement will be rejected or prevail. That means issues ranging from tax reform to health care to foreign policy may seem to matter, but they really don’t. In …

Impeachment talk

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached in the house and acquitted in the Senate. Richard Nixon resigned from office instead of face impeachment. The talk of impeachment or suing President Obama seems like a waste of time and energy.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014: Indian claims act, immigration complexities, campaign money

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Penobscot Nation The Aug. 6 BDN OpEd “Role reversal: How the Penobscot Nation is suing Maine – and has the upper hand” is reminiscent of the fear mongering that took place throughout the Indian land claims era (1970-1980) when the message was, “The Indians are going to steal your homes!” …
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown as officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri August 15, 2014. The briefing was held near a QuikTrip convenience store that had been burned amid protests over the shooting of Brown, 18, last Saturday.

Ferguson is mostly black. Why is its government so white?

By Jordan Weissmann, Slate magazine on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
Ferguson, Missouri, is a majority-black city governed mostly by whites. The mayor is white. The police chief is white. The police force is 94 percent white. Only one of its six city council members is black. These facts, as much as anything, have shaped the protests over the police shooting …

The quirks of Maine’s prescription monitoring program, from an ER doc’s perspective

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
Dr. Charles Pattavina became chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital 6½ years ago. He hadn’t been at the Bangor facility more than a couple weeks when a man sent by the Maine office of substance abuse knocked on his door to talk about why he …

Celebrating the canoe race on a free-flowing Penobscot River I’ve waited all my life to see

By Butch Phillips on Aug. 15, 2014, at 9:08 a.m.
Standing on the Indian Island bridge earlier this month, on Aug. 3, I watched with pride and happiness as a long line of canoes came down the river between Indian Island and Milford, heading to the portage around the Old Town-Milford dam. These were the lead canoes of the Bashabez …

Why Maine’s three-way race for governor could actually be a two-way boxing match

By Jeffrey S. Selinger on Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
Three-way races are bewildering affairs. They are not just confusing for everyday citizens; political pundits and electoral strategists also struggle with the dynamics of a race such as the present contest for governor in Maine where a Republican, a Democrat and a credible independent candidate face off against one another. …

Ok, it’s time to post my ‘Faces of Portland’ photo project.

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been working on a photography project documenting the simple (yet complex) images of people’s faces in downtown Portland. It sort of started out as a way to raise awareness for homelessness, but it quickly morphed into something bigger. See, the more pictures …
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