Commentary

  • A complex taxation picture

    Work has heated up considerably in your state legislature over the last month and many of you have written to me with questions and concerns about the governor’s budget proposal.

  • Work with nurses to improve care

    Nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital have struggled since 2004 to make new technology a safe and effective tool to enhance patient care. But management has not taken the nurses seriously when they reported “near misses” with medications. Due to the nurses’ diligence, a new group of remote pharmacists have been employed, and so far, the mistake rate has declined.

  • A health care advocacy call to action

    Large nonprofit organizations would face steep tax increases under the LePage administration’s proposed two-year, $6.3 billion budget, while public health organizations would be subject to devastating cuts to program funding. Federal challenges to the ACA also threaten more than 6 million Americans who are receiving subsidies through the federal health exchange, also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Decision on Cuba disappoints

    We all celebrate when an innocent person is released from prison. The freedom of Alan Gross is welcome news. But the release of three convicted Cuban spies and operatives (who were directly responsible for the killing of other innocents), the continued lack of consultation by the Obama administration with other branches of government and Congress, and the disregard for the unrelenting oppression of political freedoms are a high cost to pay.

  • Know your tree trimming rights

    Property owners should understand what they can do to protect their shrubs and trees when utility companies trim or cut vegetation for line maintenance or construction in the public right-of-way (ROW) that abuts their property. Recent severe storms highlight the need for careful trimming around lines and poles to minimize power outages and ensure safety.

  • Forest and mill shutdowns

    When Verso Paper Co. announced the impending closure of its faltering Bucksport paper mill and the loss of 500 jobs, workers were stunned, and a collective groan of dismay rippled through Maine’s forest products industry.

  • Destroying the Islamic State – bombs, boots or both?

    The seemingly unimpeded march of the Islamic State (IS) through Syria and Iraq further tests the mettle of an American president who would like nothing more than to leave office with the nation at peace. The IS has gained control of large portions of Syria and Iraq in recent months while ruthlessly beheading Western journalists and local nonbelievers in pursuit of its goal of establishing an independent Islamic State in the region, known geographically as the Levant.