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University of Maine System Chancellor James Page speaks during a forum at the Orono campus discussing the budget cuts in this April 2014 file photo.

University of Maine System needs to tout its worth if it wants more money

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. …
Maine Governor Paul LePage's name tag sits unused on a table at an Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine forum at Hannaford Hall in Portland on Friday morning.

Word search in the race for governor: Waiting to hear about what really matters in Maine

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 …

Be wary of ‘centrists’ and ‘independents’: The terms conceal more than clarify

In 2012, former Gov. Angus King won a five-way race to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate by touting his “independent” and “centrist” credentials. In …
Rep. Sharri MacDonald, R-Old Orchard Beach, speaks during a rally at the State House in this April 2014 file photo.

Attacking welfare works, but it’s wrong and doesn’t target the real abusers

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Lauren Feeney wrote a column for the Moyers & company website titled “Who Cares If It’s True? It Works.” The …

Nuisance bears and little beards: Should politics be immune from science?

Mike: Cynthia, the tradition is that people aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Does that apply to lab coats? Because I want to …

Radio host claims immigrant rights groups seek to “enslave the poor to the new plantation.”

Maine NAACP leaders today strongly criticized conservative radio host Ray Richardson for comparing public assistance programs to slavery and groups working on poverty and immigration …
A Scottish Saltire flag and British Union flag fly together with the London Eye behind in London in this September 2014 file photo.

Scotland delivers a welcome lesson in democracy

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 …
President Barack Obama (right) meets with Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to counter ISIL USMC General John Allen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in this September 2014 file photo.

The jihadi logic

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 …
Inmates who were completing their sentences in the Maine Coast Regional Reentry Center in Belfast pose in 2011. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office received an award for the program for successfully lowering the recidivism rate among people who spent time there.

How providing ex-cons with their meds could fix America’s recidivism crisis

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 …

Ray Rice, the NFL and a defining moment in the fight against domestic violence

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 …
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Democrats’ disdain for businesses runs deep

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 …
Construction crews work on sidewalks in West Market Square in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Coupons to car washes: How Bangor can ease businesses’ construction-induced pain

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 …

Maine can’t afford to lose the bear referendum

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 …

Goldilocks, three bears and a voter’s dilemma this election season

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 …

With nomination of Susan Dench, LePage cronyism continues

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 …
President Barack Obama participates in a briefing from top military leaders while visiting U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014. From L-R are: United States Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Obama, Commander of Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin III and U.S. Special Operations Commander Joseph Votel.

Republicans saddle their warhorses

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 …

Credit gets you a flat-panel TV, not economic growth

It’s pretty obvious how credit drives my personal household consumption. If I borrow, I can …

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