December 20, 2011 RSS feed / Commentary

War’s over, but not occupation

A recent edition of The Times Record included an editorial by the New Haven Register concerning the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. However, it did not reveal the full cost and commitment on our part. More...

Pay It Forward: The infallible case for the skate park

We do it every day. They are frequently not easy choices, but we do these things because they are the right thing to do. Through our actions, we pay our debt to the community that supports and includes us. More...

Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir

I have a simple motto when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: I love both Israelis and Palestinians, but God save me from some of their U.S. friends — those who want to love them to death, literally. More...

Depression and democracy

It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. More...

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‘Get it right’ on train layover facility

LOCAL COMMENTARY

I am a resident of “Brunswick West,” and I’m also a member of the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition. Therefore, I’m following the progress of the train maintenance and layover facility with great interest. More...

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Is there a better way to handle outages?

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In the last three months, three storms have blacked out tens of thousands of electric customers in New England. Mayors can lose elections because of poor snow plowing, but can utility executives lose their jobs because of power outages? More...

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Military Update

Not all favor Guard chief’s elevation to Joint Chiefs

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JSC chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his More...

Our friends behaving badly

MANAMA, Bahrain — Nothing like getting pulled into a police car to glimpse, through a haze of tear gas, hints of a police state. More...

We remember

Three Army soldiers died Dec. 3, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Killed were Sgt. 1st Class Clark A. Corley Jr., 35, of Oxnard, Calif., Spc. Ryan M. More...

Tackling entitlements poses an array of challenges

Trying to strike a balance between cutting government programs and finding money to pay for essential services can be dangerous. It’s dangerous for the office holders, who have to decide what to cut and the taxes to pay for the rest. More...

‘What is the West afraid of?’

ISMAILIA, Egypt — When I reported on Twitter the other day that I was having dinner with members of the Muslim Brotherhood here in Egypt, followers tweeted back alarmed about my safety. More...

Durban Dirty Dozen called out

DURBAN, South Africa — High above the pavement, overlooking Durban’s famous South Beach and the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, and just blocks from the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where up to 20,000 people gathered, seve More...

Feeding democracy in Egypt

CAIRO — If you want to understand the Islamic forces that are gaining strength in Egypt and scaring people here and abroad, let me tell you about my dinner in the home of Muslim Brotherhood activists. More...

We remember

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dennis R. Murray, 38, of Red Broiling Springs, Tenn., died Nov. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. More...

Bury power lines

LOCAL COMMENTARY

The Times Record will soon be publishing the usual poststorm letters regarding Central Maine Power’s failure to restore service in a timely manner, or praising the “heroes” that righted “an act of God or Nature.” More...

Beliefs and their consequences define society

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The United States has become an old society. One characteristic of old societies is the degree to which people’s beliefs have become fixed and resistant to change. Rigid beliefs, by their nature, tend to become polarized in large populations. More...