• June 14, 2014

    Global warming’s name keeps changing like the weather

    One indication of a foundering movement occurs when the basic phrase used to describe it is constantly being updated as the old terms are revealed as flawed. In today’s example, note how the “looming crisis” caused by mildly increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere used to be called “global warming.” When that fact had […]

  • June 14, 2014

    I got an A+ and I didn’t even study for the test

    We had another positive clinic visit this week. I actually got an A-plus from the doctor for the way my blood work has progressed. That’s right — A-plus, and I didn’t even study. The subject of remission finally came up. I had been reluctant to ask, just in case. I mean, not knowing was better […]

  • June 14, 2014

    Red Sox-Rays feud illustrates revenge, American-style

    Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. And although retribution shall surely come in the fullness of time, a ballplayer can only wait so long. Accordingly, when Boston slugger David Ortiz came to bat against Tampa Bay’s David Price at the end of May — for the first time this season — Price fired the very […]

  • June 14, 2014

    NRA, gun makers promote, sell ever-more lethal weapons

    Josh Sugarmann

  • June 14, 2014

    Texting away our best manners and memories

    Text messages have replaced email, telephone calls and even face-to-face meetings for relating momentous news, both good and bad. People, however, don’t realize that sending bad news via a text message leaves no opportunity to learn or grow, to make amends or even issue recriminations. It is a clipped, inadequate form of communication, an all-too-common […]

  • June 13, 2014

    Economic strategy for Maine should aim to span administrations

    About eight years ago, former state economist Laurie Lachance wrote a terrific analysis about all the economic plans that had been developed in Maine over the preceding 30 years, and what a succession of governors had done to implement them. She called it, appropriately, “In Search of the Silver Buckshot.” Lachance described Maine’s tendency to […]

  • June 13, 2014

    Obama’s release of 5 Taliban leaders violated a law that’s unconstitutional

    President Barack Obama’s decision to release five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for the return of American serviceman Bowe Bergdahl has sparked a firestorm of criticism, from current and retired troops, from political commentators and from members of Congress. On the merits, it must have been a difficult decision. On the one hand, the five […]

  • June 12, 2014

    Obama jeopardizes our safety, embarrasses us before the world

    Weakness has never been a successful formula for anything, which is why I am worried about the future of America. Our president and those upon whom he depends for advice put us all at risk as they display weakness at home and abroad. President Barack Obama’s weakness is evidenced in his latest decisions involving foreign […]

  • June 11, 2014

    Father’s Day has very special meaning for me this year

    As a father, grandfather and son, Father’s Day has real meaning for me. This year it means more than ever. Our three children are thriving, our two grandsons and I will fish together soon, our new granddaughter is 2 months old. And my 91-year-old father, Ezra Smith, is still alive and kicking. Dad has gone […]

  • June 10, 2014

    A-F system already bringing positive changes to Maine schools

    FROM THE STATE HOUSE: Sen. Garrett Mason