January 11, 2012 RSS feed / Commentary

GOP divided, citizens united

The Republican caucuses in Iowa, with its cliffhanger ending, confirmed two key political points and left a third virtually ignored. First, the Republicans are not enthusiastic about any of their candidates. More...

Lawmakers waste billions fumbling ‘Doc-Rate fix’

Military Update

Congress has known for a decade that the formula it set in 1997 for adjusting physician payments under Medicare — and, by extension, the fees paid to civilian doctors under TRICARE, the military’s health insurance program — is serio More...

Workers of the world, unite!

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Republican Party is the party of the white working class. This group — whites with high school degrees and maybe some college — is still the largest block in the electorate. They overwhelmingly favor Republicans. More...

Sorting through the myths and realities of job creation

LOCAL COMMENTARY

To solve our economic woes, the Republicans propose to energize our nation’s “job creators.” House Speaker Boehner makes the argument cogently when he says, in an allusion to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” that &ldqu More...

Lacking in judgment

OTHER VOICES

When the Senate left Washington for its holiday recess, it also left a stack of pending judicial nominations so large it amounts to dereliction of duty. More...

Behave like adults

For the new year, Congress and President Barack Obama should resolve to tone down the rhetoric and start taking steps to whittle long-term debt. More...

For 2012, jobs must be the focus

OTHER VOICES

It does not take much of a crystal ball to see that jobs will be a critical issue in 2012. While the employment picture improved somewhat in 2011, both nationally and locally, the economic downturn has defined the past four years. More...

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“If you’re good at something but that’s not what you want to be doing, you have to move on, which will always be scary. More...

Land trust reviews full, exciting year

and At this wonderful time of giving and thanks, we want to express our deep gratitude to the many hundreds of loyal supporters who made the work of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) possible this year. More...

Where have all the liberals gone?

Why aren’t there more liberals in America? It’s not because liberalism lacks cultural power. Many polls suggest that a majority of college professors and national journalists vote Democratic. More...

America’s unlevel playing field

Last month President Barack Obama gave a speech invoking the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt on behalf of progressive ideals — and Republicans were not happy. More...

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’re working hard to find alternatives so the company can grow those jobs here. Whatever decision we make, it’s got to make good business sense for the state. It’s got to be good for everybody, not just for Kestrel.” More...

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MaineCare and the perpetual budget crisis

LOCAL COMMENTARY

The Legislature faces a great challenge this year in resolving the $221 million shortfall in the MaineCare system. We must come up with $120 million in savings by April 1 or MaineCare will run out of money. More...

Kestrel prompts ‘Buyer beware’ warning

LOCAL COMMENTARY

The Times Record on Jan. 2, one might have reached the inescapable conclusion that Maine has messed up yet again and lost another business opportunity. More...

We remember

Navy Petty Officer Stacy O. Johnson, 35, of Rolling Fork, Miss., died July 18, 2011, while supporting operations in Bahrain. The Department of Defense announced Johnson’s death on Dec. 29, 2011. More...

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Blocking ballot box access

All eyes are on Iowa this week, as the hodgepodge field of Republican contenders gallivants across that farm state seeking a win, or at least “momentum,” in the campaign for the party's presidential nomination. More...

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