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.”
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.
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.
Ever since Sept. 11, American Muslims have complained of receiving extra scrutiny when they fly.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, but it’s already spurring economic activity in northern Maine.
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.
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.
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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.
If lawmakers are serious about reducing county jail overcrowding, reducing the pre-trial backlog must be part of the solution.
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?
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.
After nearly 20 years, it’s time to look at the results of Maine’s experiment with retail competition.