Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Darkside of the sun: My aunt’s gift

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist As she reached out to me, her tented, empty hand suspended over mine, no word she uttered clarified into human understanding. But then, it wasn’t a word I was being given. My aunt, the nonagenarian I call my family’s “inspirational elder,” lay crookedly on the hospital bed, as if broken. […]

  • Mary Jewett

    Earth Notes: Let me introduce myself

    By Mary Jewett Guest Writer In 2001, I was a senior at Lake Region High School applying for college. Fortunately for me, I knew which track I wanted to be on. Unlike some of my peers, I had discovered what I loved early on and was given opportunities to pursue my passions. When I was […]

  • Small World: Nov. 11 and all that

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist I was glad to see The News photos of Bridgtonians honoring veterans on their national day a couple of weeks ago. We all know that the date originally marked the armistice ending World War I — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. At […]

  • Small World: The President, a jolly good fellow?

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Few pundits or politicians would agree with that judgment. Obama is hardly ever considered the life of his Democratic Party — or any other kind of party for that matter, “Sour” is the word one hostile columnist has used. Golf didn’t play out with House Speaker Boehner. In six years, […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: Fossilized thinking

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist My father helped build the modern world. He helped construct the Portland Pipe Line, and after he got back from World War II, he took a job with the company. He was proud of the pipeline and of the fossil fuel industry then, and it’s fair to say almost everyone was. […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: Vet & You

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist His Sign Says “Iraq Vet, Anything Would Help” (State Street intersection, Concord, N.H., 11/4/14) Positioned by his corner post all afternoon, at ease so close to distances, our public ghost just soldiers on, counting votes for endless war by fives and tens. His sign says DAMAGE. Make amends. But little’s […]

  • Earth Notes: When will we ever learn

    By Peter Bollen Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiiki nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 missing. • The casualties are still mounting both in Japan and much farther away. The impact […]

  • Uppermost House: All things stepped on

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist A couple of years before I met her, my wife Karen was returning home from a summer evening soiree and took her high heels off so she wouldn’t disturb her family as she walked through the house. Traversing between her sister’s bedroom and her own, with said heels dangling […]

  • Small World: Reflections on the Elections

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist With the midterm elections a week behind us and the insights of pundits exhausted, it seems the time to pose the big questions: Who really won and who lost? First and plainly, Obama and his distant cousin Democrats were shellacked. Voters, hostile to Washington, may not have cared much for […]

  • Small World: An anniversary not to be celebrated

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Thirty-five years ago this week, my wife and I were driving on a highway in Pennsylvania coming from Parents’ Weekend at Colgate. I was in charge of Iranian affairs at the State Department and was passing the time trying to imagine new approaches that might help us normalize relations with […]