January 13, 2012 RSS feed / Commentary

Be S.M.A.R.T. in filling housing

LOCAL COMMENTARY

The recent conveyance of land to the developer who holds title to more than 600 units of former military housing in Brunswick makes the sale of these properties practical. More...

Christmas: Celebrating God’s love and unity

LOCAL COMMENTARY

As a Christian, I was refreshed and encouraged to see the renewed public and media references to Christmas (vs. the holiday season), the Christmas tree (vs. holiday tree), Jesus Christ and God during the 2011 Christmas and holiday season. More...

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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...

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...

Universal health care can’t wait

LOCAL COMMENTARY

For the past two years, much time and effort has been spent either opposing or planning the implementation of health care reforms under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and in Maine, under the Republican-sponsored PL-90. More...

A day to strengthen our community

LOCAL COMMENTARY

On Monday, our nation honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a unique holiday. It’s been called “a day on, not a day off ” and is part of United We Stand, the president’s national service initiative. More...

We remember

Three Air Force airmen died Jan. 5 in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Killed were Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa., Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. More...

A new way to keep up on People Plus

How many of you read The Times Record every day? Or maybe just read it sporadically? Maybe you’re a “Fridays only” kinda person? More...

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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

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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...