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  • Published
    June 15, 2014

    When a man with daughters has one who plays tennis, he picks up a racquet

    I try to focus on the bright side when I think of my father. I spent a lot of time with my parents, right through my teenage years and college. As a family, we went out to eat, and to shop and travel. But then he died, suddenly, shockingly, of a massive heart attack. I […]

  • Published
    June 15, 2014

    Financial exploitation one of most common forms of elder abuse

    Judith M. Shaw

  • Published
    June 15, 2014

    Caregiver’s stress can lead to abuse

    Susan Garascia

  • Published
    June 15, 2014

    Congress should focus on interstate, rather than international, adoptions

    Jeff Katz

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    June 14, 2014

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

    Josh Sugarmann

  • Published
    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 […]

  • Published
    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 […]