Commentary

  • Capitol commentary: The kids are right

    Capitol commentary: The kids are right

    By Fred Benson I have been shot at and missed. I have shot at others and not missed. I take no pride in either of those circumstances, but what I do carry with me is an intimate awareness of the destructive power of military weaponry and the mutilation it can visit on targeted human beings.

  • Viewpoint: Preserving town control

    Viewpoint: Preserving town control

    By Arthur Greif Vice-Chair Gary Friedmann of the Bar Harbor Town Council is quoted in the Feb. 8 edition of the Islander as saying a settlement offer by attorney Bill Dale in the Blanchard v. Bar Harbor litigation “amounts to an attempt to blackmail the council into removing these decisions about the town’s future from

  • Viewpoint: The internet and the Maine economy

    Viewpoint: The internet and the Maine economy

    By Doug Thomas As a small business owner who also represented a largely rural community in the Maine State Senate, I know firsthand the importance of access to broadband in communities like ours. Access to high-speed broadband is important for entertainment, access to local news and information, communication with friends and family, but most importantly,

  • Community forum: Ticks, turkeys and the food web

    Community forum: Ticks, turkeys and the food web

    By Glenn Martin Wild turkeys, artificially introduced to southern Maine by 1980, and the disruption in the food web they have caused, are likely to blame for the state’s extremely large and growing tick population and tick-borne diseases such as the Lyme epidemic. Turkey relocation continued across the state for 20 years by netting birds

  • Capitol commentary: A letter from Haiti

    Capitol commentary: A letter from Haiti

    By Fred Benson President Trump’s forceful assertion that he is “not a racist” quickly brings to mind the image of a scowling President Nixon claiming in 1973 that he was “not a crook.” It wasn’t long before it was proven that he was precisely that. While the exact profanities the current president uttered at the

  • Community forum: Global worry, local hope

    Community forum: Global worry, local hope

    By Glenon Friedmann In January, I like to hibernate. Give me food, a warm fire and a place to take a nap. My excuse is that I am a farmer and am due for a rest after a long season in the field. My work isn’t any harder than the rest of the community members

  • Viewpoint: Roosevelt on economic rights

    Viewpoint: Roosevelt on economic rights

    By Ann Diamond In a Community Forum on these pages, State Sen. Brian Langley asked, “Who are Collins’ Counterparts?” He related that in his conversations with Democrats they previously liked Sen. Collins because “she votes against her party.” He goes on to ask the Democrats, “Who on your side of aisle votes right and stands

  • Viewpoint: Citizens have obligation to speak up

    Viewpoint: Citizens have obligation to speak up

    By Kenneth Paigen In the last issue of the Islander, State Sen. Langley penned a vigorous defense of Sen. Collins for her vote for the recent tax bill, criticizing the impassioned criticism of her vote by many constituents. Langley described Collins as “standing up for what she thinks is good public policy regardless of which

  • Community forum: Who are Collins’ counterparts?

    Community forum: Who are Collins’ counterparts?

    By Sen. Brian Langley Restaurants and eateries in general are gathering grounds for good food and conversation. And because I serve in the state Senate, the conversation often turns to politics. As of late, the topic has been tax reform. Over the course of the summer, when I went out into my dining room to

  • Viewpoint: How to fund Medicaid

    Viewpoint: How to fund Medicaid

    By Gov. Paul R. LeLage What follows is the text of a radio address delivered Dec. 13. I have laid out four basic principles to guide the Legislature’s decision on how to pay for Medicaid expansion. We must maintain the state’s long-term fiscal health and avoid the budget disasters of the past. The Department of