February 12, 2016 RSS feed / Commentary

Where Do We Go From Here?

With the first session of the 127th Legislative session about to end (who knows when ), and the final two year budget is up and ready to go, maybe we can return to some civility in Augusta. More...

Hillary’s Calling Card

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After much testing of the water, Hillary Clinton has, finally, inevitably and officially entered what is an everyday more and more open horse race for the Presidency by choosing to come out of the gate straddling the fence. More...

Time to Reconsider Going to College?

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The American economy has supposedly long since recovered from the Great Recession. The stock market is doing exceptionally well and unemployment isn’t what it once was. Considering all of this, things should be looking up for most people. More...

Make No Mistake

This is the common rhetorical flourish that President Obama uses as an introductory phrase, in order to highlight that whatever he is about to say is important, regardless of facts or common sense. It crops up again and again in his speeches. More...

Exceptionalism: The Republic of Venice — Part III

Throughout its long history the Republic of Venice had many enemies. In spite of this, the little country survived for over a thousand years as empires rose and fell around it. More...

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Clueless & Planless

MAKING SENSE

We’ve known for a long time that Barrack Obama is clueless when it comes to dealing with what’s left of Iraq. Now we also know he’s still planless. More...

Save the Earth, Human Dignity

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As we witness increases in natural disasters (storms, flooding, fires, droughts, glacial melting, desertification), we know that our home planet, Earth, is undergoing severe environmental stresses. More...

Restorative Justice Letter — Full

To whom it may concern: More...

‘Downeaster’ Theater of the Absurd

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Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s order with conditions mitigating the impact of a planned 52,000-square-foot railroad maintenance and layover facility for Amtrak’s “Downeaster” next to a Brunswick neighborhood be More...

Hooray for Obamacare

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Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies? More...

Donald Trump’s Circus Act

MAKING SENSE

Poor Jeb. He’s Donald Trump’s first Republican victim, but he won’t be his last. Last Monday Bush officially declared he was a Republican candidate for president, something everyone knew was coming. More...

A Hollowed-Out Economy and a Drowning Democracy

Gov. Paul LePage carries water for America’s corporate oligarchy. (Webster’s Dictionary defines oligarchy as “government in which power is in the hands of the few.”) More...

The Dannemora Dilemma

Not many small American towns stick in your memory 10 years after you last drove through them. But New York’s Dannemora, site of last weekend’s remarkable prison break, is a vivid exception. More...

We Got a Budget — Now What?

The Republicans and the Democrats have come to a compromise and agreed to pass a two year budget. But — wait a minute the Governor is not satisfied, so maybe the status quo will continue with veto’s everywhere! More...

Baseball and Black History

Last summer, a 13-yearold named Mo’ne Davis landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a national sensation after she pitched a shutout in the Little League World Series, where almost all of the other players are boys. More...

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Bipartisan Democratic Defiance

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U.S. House Democrats recently defied their sitting president by refusing to give him so-called “fast tracking” of his international trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. More...

How to Grade a Teacher

This is the second column I’ve written about Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Education. Ball believes the training that teachers get while they are in school needs to be drastically improved. More...