Submit a Letter See all stories in opinion →

A history for millennials of the low-tech victories over life’s minor frustrations

It recently occurred to me that in my lifetime we have witnessed the healthy appearance of some remarkably useful little inventions so simple that, when you think about it, the normal reaction is or should be, “Doggone it, why didn’t I think of that? I could now be as rich as Warren Buffett.”
Protesters demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump and his plans to end Obamacare outside the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.

American democracy isn’t so decadent after all

The anti-Trump opposition flatters itself as “the resistance.” As if this is Vichy France. It’s not. It’s 21st-century America. And the good news is that the checks and balances are working just fine.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the afternoon ministerial plenary for the Global Coalition working to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Tone-deaf Tillerson isn’t doing his job

We have heard the excuses over and over on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behalf. He’s new at this. He’s getting his feet wet. He’s not used to press scrutiny. Frankly, neither he nor his defenders are helping his cause at this point.
A TSA security officer and his dog scan departing passengers at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California, July 1, 2016.

Trump is turning us all into tools of his border-control agenda

Ever since Sept. 11, American Muslims have complained of receiving extra scrutiny when they fly.
Democratic women in Congress arrive for a rally during the Day Without a Woman on International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Policymaking suffers when there are no women in the room

Having more women in government isn’t about eliminating unflattering photos or ending uninformed, embarrassing comments. It is about crafting better policies and laws for all Americans.
Republican Mike Huckabee speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 31, 2015.

A conservative case for the National Endowment for the Arts

The real recipients of endowment funds: The kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity, and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all.
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.
Thousands of visitors, including this group from the Bangor YMCA, have been to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument since it was created in August.

The Katahdin monument is a great addition to Maine. LePage should stop fighting it.

Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, but it’s already spurring economic activity in northern Maine.
A truck delivers wood chips to a biomass plant in West Enfield last year. Loggers say they have not been paid for weeks for deliveries to two plants owned by Stored Solar.

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries

Longer term, we hope state lawmakers are more prudent when it comes to committing taxpayer dollars to risky ventures that put the interests of out-of-state companies ahead of Maine workers. This is especially true of Stored Solar’s proposal to build a biofuel center in East Millinocket.

Maine can fund education without taxing high earners out of the state

I believe the Legislature can find a solution that honors the spirit of what Maine voters were looking to accomplish without harming our economy. It is critical we reach an agreement on how to do that before adjournment in June.

Lawmakers hear just how bad Question 2 really is


What the heck is wrong with Maine DHHS?

And who the heck is encouraging Commissioner Mayhew to run for governor given her track record at DHHS, which now includes trying to jettison a self-sustaining, tax generating medical marijuana program? Maybe some folks at the department need to find a strain that could help with their thinking.
Caption Inmate jumpsuits at the Penobscot County Jail. More than two-thirds of the jail's inmates are awaiting court appearances.

Want to ease jail overcrowding? Don’t hold people for months before court appearances.

If lawmakers are serious about reducing county jail overcrowding, reducing the pre-trial backlog must be part of the solution.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

The only way to end inequality in American health care is universal coverage

OpEd: If you are that one who loses insurance or are priced out of the market before you feel the lump, your lawmakers have failed you. What tax cuts are worth that?

The Republican health care bill will reverse gains made in children’s health

OpEd: The American Health Care Act puts a target on Maine families — particularly children and seniors — and will undermine the health of our state’s next generation. All of us will pay the price if such a short-sighted and dangerous piece of legislation becomes law.

Maine’s experiment with retail competition failed to lower electric bills

After nearly 20 years, it’s time to look at the results of Maine’s experiment with retail competition.

I went to Cambodia to provide dental care to kids. What I learned opened my eyes.

It was truly a different world — a world that places value on living life and doesn’t take any good for granted.

Danby Ink

Letters to the Editor