Editorials
  • Published
    November 21, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: NBA losing in court of public opinion

    The National Basketball Association is losing big in the court of public opinion. The damage will be compounded if the 2011-12 season is lost, which appears to be a real possibility after the latest breakdown in negotiations.

  • Published
    November 21, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Obama’s decision on pipeline irks Canada

    While U.S. President Barack Obama puts personal politics ahead of his country's critical need for oil via the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada's wooing of the Asian option should move quickly beyond simply courtship.

  • Published
    November 20, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Grandstanding aside, balanced budget vote OK

    By a vote of 261-165 on Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives fell 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for passage of a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have required the federal government to balance its budget.

  • Published
    November 19, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: They’re going to eat horses, aren’t they?

    Americans love their horses, both real and fictional. Not long ago, a book about a beloved Depression-era racehorse, Seabiscuit, became a bestseller and an Oscar nominee for best picture.

  • Published
    November 18, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Supercommittee another failure by disagreement

    With his stint as President Obama's Middle East peace negotiator behind him, former Sen. George Mitchell now has time to chat with fellow Mainers about politics. He spoke in Portland the other day and his remarks produced this headline: "George Mitchell: Partisanship 'worse than it's ever been.'"

  • Published
    November 17, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Health care law to put court on hot seat in 2012

    It might be the most eagerly anticipated decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is certain to be, as suggested in a Washington Post news story, the "most high-profile ruling since Bush vs. Gore in 2000."

  • Published
    November 16, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Gingrich on rise, but does he have staying power?

    Can this be happening? Newt Gingrich? Roll this around on your tongue: Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich. Or this: President Newt Gingrich.

  • Published
    November 15, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Sobering reports about treatment at Dover

    It feels like a lifetime since this nation was at peace. But, as it has been for more than a decade, the United States remains at war.

  • Published
    November 14, 2011

    Candidates can’t control questions they’re asked

    Mired in accusations of sexual harassment, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told reporters, "(D)on't even bother me asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about. Don't even bother."

  • Published
    November 14, 2011

    Communities, not politicians, take care of business

    While the inhabitants of Washington, D.C., sit in the worst political gridlock the nation has seen in a lifetime, amazing things are happening all around the country -- without the blessing of those who get paid to do the public's bidding.