Faculty parade onto Morse Field at the University of Maine in Orono during the 2000 commencement ceremonies for UM graduates.

Only college graduates need apply

By Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor’s degree for positions that didn’t used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: the minimum credential required …

Canvassing tips

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
Due to the story of a secret recording during a door-to-door campaign conversation – I offer a few canvassing tips.

Bangor-area landfill plans are sign that towns are preparing for changed trash landscape

By Chip Reeves on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Mainers have a well-earned reputation for being prepared and planning ahead. Maine towns act the same way, and that is exactly what the Municipal Review Committee is doing as we plan a new integrated solid waste management system for our region. The Municipal Review Committee is a nonprofit association of …
Stan Moody

In protecting medical rights over religious freedom, something is upside down in Maine prisons

By Stan Moody on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
The 1996 crime for which Nadim Haque was convicted has long since been settled. The 50-year sentence imposed on the University of Southern Maine student will cost the taxpayers of Maine upwards of $3 million, a price far too high for the “bread-and-water” brigade of anonymous bloggers. That Haque is …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Tax breaks should go to those who pay all their taxes

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
Maine’s Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program aims to encourage business development by reimbursing companies for the local property taxes they pay on industrial equipment. Presumably, for business development to occur, the companies that receive this benefit should be operating — and paying their bills. Last month, the Great Northern Paper …
President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington Sept. 10, 2014.

Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama’s declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, a founding father, dispatched ships to the Barbary …

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014: Ferguson, health care, elections and Susan Collins

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
Ferguson distortions I wish the media would stop using the words “protest” or “demonstrators” to describe the savage anarchy taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. This is not a “protest” in any sense of the word. It is a riot, using the racial discrimination card as an excuse to destroy and …
The head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is seen in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, Scotland September 11, 2014. Scotland's two biggest banks have said they would relocate to England if Scots vote for independence next week, adding to the economic uncertainties the country faces if it decides to end its 307-year union with the rest of the UK.

What Scottish independence will mean for Britain

By Gwynne Dyer on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on September 18, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week. First, David Cameron may cease to be the leader of the Conservative Party and the prime minister of the United Kingdom. He …

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014: National parks, campaign ads and health care

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Amazing gift This summer I explored, on a mountain bike, a small part of the 150,000-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area, the land proposed to become Maine’s second National Park and National Recreation Area. There are many features of this land that would enhance the National Park System, but …
Lee Witting

A pastor asks: From disease to conspiracy, is God to blame for all this?

By Lee Witting on Sept. 14, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
In my work as pastor and hospital chaplain I’m constantly asked, “How can God allow such suffering in the world?” Faithful Christians die of cancer and heart disease; the military-industrial complex stages war-for-profit escapades in places such as Vietnam and Iraq, and thousands of U.S. service people are maimed or …

It’s common sense: Maine’s seniors need in-home care, and direct care workers need raise

By Helen Hanson on Sept. 14, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
For nearly a decade, state resources for workers who care for aging seniors have been anemic. Direct care workers are on the frontlines of care for our seniors, but they continue to earn low wages — sometimes only slightly higher than the minimum wage. While the price of food, gas …
Dummies of new Apple iPhone 6 series are displayed with a figure of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, at a mall selling smartphones in Hong Kong on Sept. 12, 2014.

China’s delay of iPhone 6 may signal something more

By Adam Minter, Bloomberg News on Sept. 14, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
It’s been a tough couple of years for Apple in China, the world’s top smartphone market. Cheap but stylish Chinese phones have undercut the U.S. company’s sales and cachet. Meanwhile, the Chinese government repeatedly has targeted Apple, launching a campaign in state media against its warranty repairs in spring 2013, …
President Barack Obama

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Sept. 14, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
In his Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the …

Absentee debating

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
Don’t care to share the stage with your political foes? Here’s the answer!
People play Texas Hold'em at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor.

Before Maine needs a new casino, it needs a casino strategy

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
What will determine whether Maine becomes home to a third casino? At the moment, it could be the determination of a major gaming interest pitching a casino as an economic windfall for a town or city. That determination would be subject, on a case-by-case basis, to the will of lawmakers …

Is September northern New England’s January?

on Sept. 14, 2014, at 12:07 a.m.
Over the recent Labor Day weekend a friend of mine suggested the holiday should mark northern New England’s New Year. Given the changes in everything from our environs to our personal habits – especially in rural areas and smaller towns – this idea merits serious consideration. Unlike mud season that …

U.S. intelligence failed to warn about ISIS

on Sept. 13, 2014, at 5:07 a.m.
The emergence of ISIS, a brutal terrorist group, has forced the U.S. to gear up for a new phase in the war on terror. It has led the formation of a new coalition to combat ISIS (also called ISIL or the Islamic State). The struggle against this powerful group may …

Keeping score

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
Campaign 2014. It’s just starting to get interesting.
Pictured is an aerial view of the construction of The Grove, a student-housing complex in Orono built in 2012.

What it takes to build a better college town in Orono

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
College communities often navigate a tenuous balance between welcoming students and loathing them, and residents of college town neighborhoods experience this tension most acutely. In Orono, home to the University of Maine, the tension is heightened by disturbing demographic numbers. For one, the town’s population of families is declining faster …

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014: Dish troubles, drone attacks, rails, Mike Michaud, Cary Weston

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Our next governor It is uplifting to hear a gubernatorial candidate speak positively about Maine’s environment and about his involvement in efforts to combat climate change. At the Sept. 5 meeting in Hallowell of Sierra Club Maine, I heard Rep. Mike Michaud speak about the excellent performance of a model …
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