Thanks to the BDN for publishing two recent articles honoring Native Americans. The first highlighted World War II veteran and Penobscot elder Charles Shay’s contributions and sacrifices as a young medic in Normandy. It also spoke of the racism Shay encountered in his youth, and how that influenced… Read More
    Ahhh, springtime! Warm breezes waft the scent of cut grass, bright blossoms and cow manure past our nostrils. But wait — sniff more carefully. That’s not cow manure, that’s some of the national debate over health care reform. The two are easily confused, especially the scent surrounding the… Read More
    Not-so-sweet tax I was extremely disappointed when the Legislature passed its so-called tax reform proposal last week that includes, among other new taxes, a 70 percent increase in the tax on candy. As the owner of Sweet Stuff, which has been located in the Bangor… Read More
    This week, ClickBack seeks editorial page reader comments on Iran, salmon, George H.W. Bush and medical marijuana. To participate, go to, pull down on the Opinion menu bar and select ClickBack. What will come of Iran’s election dispute? Supporters of… Read More
    In recent weeks, lawmakers have cut state spending by $500 million and lowered the state’s income tax rate, both longtime goals of business advocates. So what has the response been? Complaints from the Republican party and some businesses that the tax reform legislation passed late last week is… Read More
    The state Supreme Court will hear a case brought by marijuana legalization advocate Don-ald Christen appealing his conviction for cultivating the plant. The case may hinge on the medical marijuana law approved by Maine voters in 1999. Should state government interfere less in the dispensing of marijuana for… Read More
    To celebrate his 85th birthday on Friday, former President George H.W. Bush, with a grin on his face, jumped out of an airplane with a parachute team. The elder Bush, described by many in Maine who have met him as modest, gentlemanly and down-to-earth, has been out of… Read More
    Federal regulators have listed the Atlantic salmon in the Penobscot, Kennebec and An-droscoggin rivers as an endangered species. Will this affect the pulp and paper businesses that still rely on the rivers and the hydropower industry? Will the federal listing hurt the state’s economy in other ways? Or… Read More
    Supporters of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi protested the victory claimed by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clashing violently with police over the week-end. Meanwhile, the nation’s religious leaders called for an investigation into the election, which Mousavi supporters claim was tainted by fraud. Where will this end? Will the… Read More