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  • Published
    August 22, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Essential Air Service: Boon or boondoggle

    It's called the Essential Air Service, and supporters call it an economic lifeline for small, mostly rural communities. Critics call it a $200 million-a-year federal boondoggle. Like so many issues involved in the debate over cutting federal spending, they are both right -- up to a point.

  • Published
    August 22, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Turkey, Saudi Arabia 2 forces of peace, stability

    In the normal course of events, the visit to Jeddah of Turkish President Abdullah Gul recently and his talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would raise little attention. Relations between the two countries are excellent and have been for a long time. There is no reason whatsoever to imagine that they will do anything other than continue to grow.

  • Published
    August 21, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Opportunity keeps on chugging on Mars

    American self-esteem has taken a beating lately so we could use some good news, and now we have some even though it arrived from 36 million miles, maybe more.

  • Published
    August 21, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Maine should keep racing for the top

    Maine did not fare well last time it applied for funds from Race to the Top, a federal competitive grant program designed to jump-start school reform efforts.

  • Published
    August 21, 2011

    OUR OPINION: Park study would give us facts to argue about

    There may be plenty of strong arguments against turning 70,000 acres of Maine's northern woods into a national park, but the arguments against using research to put the park idea to a test sound weak.

  • Published
    August 20, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Washington should heed Buffett’s plea for shared sacrifice

    Billionaire Warren Buffett's op-ed piece in the New York Times on Monday provided a neat bookend to last week's Republican presidential debate.

  • Published
    August 19, 2011

    Those in charge of state land sales should know law

    Maine lawmakers trying to get answers this week about how a top state employee was able to negotiate the purchase of valuable state property found the effort essentially fruitless.

  • Published
    August 19, 2011

    1 yellow ribbon serves as well as dozens

    It might all go back to a 1973 hit by Tony Orlando and Dawn, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," though historians say yellow ribbons, handkerchiefs and scarves have long been symbols of awaiting a loved one's return.

  • Published
    August 19, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Don’t eat that lunch

    For anyone who remembers the aroma of a grade-school classroom on a hot day, this will come as no surprise: Fawaz Almansour, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin, reports that more than 90 percent of the lunches carried by preschoolers had reached unsafe temperatures long before lunchtime.

  • Published
    August 19, 2011

    VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Social lubricant might foster spirit of compromise

    It is perhaps overstating the situation to say that Congress is not suffering so much from a lack of bipartisanship but a lack of alcohol, a social lubricant of proven efficacy.

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