Category Archives: Columns

Newspaper columns, Bangor Daily News

Reject moral relativism in the face of terrorism and threat

How would you respond if an “intellectually challenged” American with no involvement in violence was held by another country and tortured so a tape of him crying could be used to try to get a family member to supply information? What would you feel if an American imprisoned by non-Americans was told that his mother […]

This year, Bangor’s economy, schools and wages are on the ballot

We built it. Bangor’s great schools and fantastic library, excellent health care facilities, outdoor music, new civic center and vibrant downtown didn’t just happen by accident. Many people put work into creating what we have and making Bangor a thriving regional center. This is a city that doesn’t say “no” to new ideas. But what’s […]

Ebola anxiety can’t be cured by cutting government

Ebola is a horrific disease that’s become a target of overreaction by frightened people who, like most, do a poor job in judging what’s a real risk. But it’s also an example of how inadequate health programs are dangerous. Even before Ebola came to our shores, government mattered. The lack of any credible public health […]

The 2nd District race, from farce to actual issues

Let’s start with the farce. The race for the 2nd Congressional District has included an ad that’s so over the top you might think it’s a parody. As commentator Michael Cuzzi described it, “The piece employs images of armed, black-clad terrorists marching in formation to make the absurd claim that [Democrat Emily] Cain supports greater […]

Goodbye summer. Hello college and paying for it.

Late August is always a busy, bittersweet time. Summer is ending and school is starting. Two months from now, costumed children will come knocking, shouting “Trick or treat.” Two months ago, high schools sent another crop of young people off to jobs, the military, technical school and college. For the first time in 25 years, my […]