February 16, 2012 RSS feed / Commentary

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The contraception crusaders

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama. More...

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“A majority budget doesn’t do it because it takes too much time and a two-thirds budget will not happen unless you sell your soul and I sold my soul to the devil long ago.” More...

Let professionals make demolition calls in Brunswick

LOCAL COMMENTARY

Brunswick’s Village Review Board (VRB) has been in the news a good deal lately. Recently, I wrote a letter to them complaining about the poor treatment of St. John’s Church. More...

Maine GOP caucuses might play greater role in nomination

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The next big splash in the Republican presidential season will come on March 6, called “Super Tuesday,” when more GOP convention delegates will be selected than on any other single day. More...

Health benefit costs in the crosshairs

National budget woes force new look at TRICARE fees, rules and eligibility

As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. More...

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After recess, change the world

A battle between a class of fourth- graders and a major movie studio would seem an unequal fight. More...

Perry should pay for campaign security

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Now that Gov. Rick Perry isn’t running for president anymore, Texas taxpayers are beginning to find out how much we’ll have to pay for his campaign. More...

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The materialist fallacy

The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion. Marriage rates were high. Community groups connected people across class. More...

We need a second party

Watching the Republican Party struggling to agree on a presidential candidate, one wonders whether the GOP shouldn’t just sit this election out — just give 2012 a pass. More...

A cause for concern and celebration

LOCAL COMMENTARY

Not everyone feels welcome and safe in our community. On Jan. 31, close to 90 people braved snow and ice to gather in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library for a conversation about prejudice. More...

Longfellow Days offers winter tonic

If Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter has got you down, don’t fear: Longfellow Days are here! More...

War forces men to behave outrageously

LOCAL COMMENTARY

Last month’s news was filled with pictures of American Marines peeing on a couple of dead Taliban fighters. Lily- livered politicians expressed shock and began apologizing to the terrorists worldwide. More...

The decline of white workers

Persistent poverty is America’s great moral challenge, but it’s far more than that. More...

Trusting freedom at 4 below

MOSCOW — To observe the democratic awakenings happening in places like Egypt, Syria and Russia is to travel with a glow in your heart and a pit in your stomach. More...

The church of technocracy

Every once in a while, the Obama administration will promulgate a policy that is truly demoralizing. A willingness to end the District of Columbia school voucher program was one such case. More...

So far up he can’t see the gap

Although Mitt Romney has yet to win a majority in a Republican primary, he won big in Florida. More...