Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Darkside of the Sun: Combustion

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist Waves of heat. Unlivable conditions. Rapidly fluctuating thermals. Finally, the end comes in a flash. I speak, of course, of spontaneous human combustion, which scientists brush off as fires set accidentally by incapacitated or dying persons, through dropped smoldering cigarettes or other heat sources. Just like scientists, to seek some logical […]

  • Small World: Some facts and thoughts on Ebola

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Three Ebola cases have been reported in the United States:  two nurses and the traveler from Liberia, who infected them. Medical authorities and President Obama repeatedly assure us that there is little danger of a major outbreak in this country. Yet the national press reports “an epidemic of fear and […]

  • Uppermost House: The edge of my world

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist A seven year-old boy knows two things about time: there is now, and there is forever. Now is immediate, and while not always pleasant (“Brush your teeth and go to bed, now!”), at least it can be counted on. A constant presence. Forever is far off and shadowy and […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: Alive and kickin’

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist Obituaries used to be dull, reading something like this: “Herbert H. Feldspar, 77, passed away last week after a long illness. For 30 years, he was employed at Sears before forgetting where he worked and reporting for his last seven years to the jewelry counter at J.C. Penney, where he […]

  • Small World: Our Farmers’ Market cornucopia

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Let us today address a question of great interest to all patriotic Bridgtonians and one that they can do something about — unlike our national and international afflictions. That question is the future of the Farmers’ Market every (climate permitting) Saturday morning on Depot Street. It would appear that the […]

  • Darkside of the Moon: The bus to somewhere

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist It’s a little known fact that once Charon ferries you across the River Styx a motor coach waits on the other shore to take you on to Hell. Recently, I got a preview. Down Lisbon Street, our driver checked his set of printed directions: to Bangor, Lewiston, Brunswick, Portland, Boston, […]

  • Uppermost House: Good news for cheap

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist They say the news is all bad. But it’s not. It’s only the news that we see and hear that’s all bad. On your local channel, or CNN, or Fox, or Yahoo, or whatever your outlet of choice is, yes, the news is almost universally rotten. Like a refrigerator […]

  • Small World: When traffic comes to a halt

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist The game for today is to find the correct metaphor expressed by the following real life incident: Driving south on I-95 through Delaware the other Sunday afternoon, we suddenly saw that the three northbound lanes were virtually void of traffic. The cause soon appeared: A hook and ladder fire truck […]

  • Small World: A declaration of independence for Maine?

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist As Scotland almost goes, so might also go Maine? That’s the line suggested by pundits who were way wrong on the Scots’ vote last week for independence from (almost not Great) Britain. Suppose it had turned out differently and Scotland had ended the union? What might have been the consequences hereabouts? […]

  • Darkside of the sun: Who’s running? Hillary won’t say

    By Michael T. Corrigan BN Columnist Despite their insistence that campaigns are already too long, the media continues to press Hillary Clinton on whether she will run for president, more than two years from now. “How should I know?” Mrs. Clinton said last week. “At my age, I may not even be alive in 2016. […]