February 22, 2012 RSS feed / Commentary

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No one’s winning in Afghanistan

Eight youths, tending their flock of sheep in the snowy fields of Afghanistan, were exterminated earlier this month by a NATO airstrike. They were in the Najrab district of Kapisa province in eastern Afghanistan. More...

Downeaster ridership easily exceeds expectations

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When the grassroots citizens’ group Trainriders/ Northeast formed with the idea of once again providing the state with passenger rail service, Maine was one of only three states that did not have Amtrak. More...

Take steps to ensure heart health

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation’s No. 1 killer. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. In an effort to raise awareness about this health problem, since 1963 the U.S. More...

Report: ‘Hollow force’ fears ring hollow

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. More...

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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.  Archbishop Timothy Dolan appealed to church members, “Let your elected leaders know that you want religious liberty and rights o 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...

The welfare rhetoric paradox

First Atlas shrugged. Then he scratched his head in befuddlement.  Modern Republicans are very, very conservative; you might even (if you were Mitt Romney) say, severely conservative. More...

Like father, like son

Watching the Syrian Army pummel the Syrian town of Homs to put down the rebellion there against the regime of President Bashar Assad is the remake of a really bad movie that starred Bashar’s father, Hafez, exactly 30 years ago this month. More...

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’re not relying on the fire department to tell us when there’s a fire. So why should we wait on the federal government or the industry to warn us when there is a nuclear event?”   More...

Brunswick should demand that NNEPRA heed state standards

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At the last Brunswick Town Council meeting, residents spoke against neighbors trying to mitigate the negative impact of a proposed Amtrak layover facility in the Brunswick West neighborhood. Everyone would like to be done with this issue. More...

Ground zero for school reform

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — I lost patience with teachers’ unions when union officials in New York City defended a teacher who had passed out in class, reeking of alcohol, with even the principal unable to rouse her.  More...

Bedeviled by that old black magic

WASHINGTON — As though Bill Donohue didn’t have enough to be cranky about. More...

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

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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...