By Marc Champion, Bloomberg News on Sept. 21, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
Scots discovered at 6:08 a.m. Friday that they won’t break up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. In the Glasgow hotel where the much-maligned Better Together campaign gathered to watch the results, music began to pound, a union jack was unfurled and the party started — lasting just …
By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One …
FROM THE STACKS (blog)
on Sept. 21, 2014, at 12:16 a.m.
Sometime next Sunday afternoon, as the shadows cloak Fenway Park, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees mainstay at shortstop for the last 20 years, will come to the plate for his final professional at bat. When that happens, I hope for the sake of all who …
on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
The University of Maine System likely needs more financial support from the state, especially as the seven-campus system has not raised tuition for three years. The problem with requesting additional state funds, however, is that the system has chronically done a poor job of convincing the public — and lawmakers, …
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY (blog)
on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
Are things getting better? That’s difficult to know, because good news often turns out to be bad news. Here’s an example. Personal savings have increased. Recent reports indicate that consumer spending has declined, but savings are up. In other words, people are saving more and spending less. What’s wrong with …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)
on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
Iraq exit strategy?
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)
on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
There’s no question that when it comes to modernizing our transportation infrastructure, the City of Portland needs to step up their game. Today marks a step in the right direction though, as the city kicks off their “Pilot Bike Corral” project. Taking advantage of internationally recognized “Parking Day”, the city …
By Josh Voorhees, Slate on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — This year more than 650,000 inmates will be released from American prisons, a figure that breaks down to about 75 newly minted ex-cons every hour of every day. Within three years, the federal government estimates, roughly four in 10 of those former prisoners will be back …
on Sept. 19, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
We’ll leave it to a psychologist to determine what it means that the most frequently used word in ads for Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor, is “I,” while the campaign for Paul LePage refers to the Republican governor in the third person. The more interesting finding from a BDN …
on Sept. 19, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
Smile for the camera The media news surrounding the Ray Rice incident has yet to mention a side story that could be written. If I were a news reporter I’d title it “Smile, you are on camera.” The Sept. 11 front page story “Will recordings damage personal politics in Maine?” …
By Steven Edmondson on Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:13 a.m.
True defining moments are rare in any movement, cause or social issue. Sure, there are events and circumstances that serve to immortalize the theme one is promoting, but to call something a defining moment, it has to have a significant impact across the spectrum of interest and not just within …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)
on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
During an election year – every time there is negative economic data about the state, the candidates all have a different spin on things. The beauty of this cartoon is the other two candidates could be ordering and saying the same thing as Cutler.
on Sept. 18, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
So far, one of the recurring themes of 2014 has been jobs and the economy. It has been a constant refrain from candidates up and down the ticket, in both parties. As usual, it being an election year, Democrats have been talking like Republicans on the issue. They’re hoping that …
By Tom Hennessey on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
Not surprisingly, the Humane Society of the United States, the most affluent animal-rights organization nationwide, is backing Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting’s second attempt to ban bear hunting with baits, hounds and traps, via referendum. The Portland-based coalition’s first attempt, also backed by the HSUS, was defeated by referendum in …
By Patricia Callahan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
A spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler recently compared Maine’s gubernatorial race this fall to Goldilocks and the Three Bears in a Portland Press Herald column. With all the slapstick behavior going on with outside money and special interest groups, it’s more like “The Three Stooges” at the moment, but let’s go …
on Sept. 18, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
Stehle best qualified I am an independent candidate for Penobscot County Sheriff and I am responding to Glenn Ross’s letter (Sept. 13-14) and his comment that the job of sheriff is “not a job one learns from a textbook.” Ross’ insinuation that I lack the law enforcement experience for the …
on Sept. 18, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
Construction in the heart of downtown Bangor has meant dusty environs, torn-up sidewalks, diverted traffic and the appearance of an imposing construction scene for much of the spring and summer. The result for a number of businesses in the affected area has been a dropoff in customer traffic. There’s little …
CHRIS BUSBY (blog)
on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
Political pundits have been at a loss to explain why gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is still polling far behind his rivals for the Blaine House. I believe I have the answer. At a time when most Mainers are still struggling to make ends meet, it’s not surprising that multi-millionaire Sen. …
By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying Tuesday about the need for military action in Syria and Iraq when Ann Wright, an anti-war demonstrator in the audience, rose and began shouting: “No more war! No more war!” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, hammered the gavel. “You’re …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)
on Sept. 17, 2014, at 11:05 p.m.
To nobody’s surprise, Governor LePage’s nominations to the University of Maine board of trustees have drawn criticism. Of his three nominations, the one who has immediately grabbed headlines is former BDN blogger, Susan Dench. Dench, from Falmouth, , leads the Informed Women’s Network, a conservative advocacy group with chapters around …