Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • CHARLIE SIMPSON hiking Mt. Washington to raise money for Fair Tide, a nonprofit organization in Kittery that provides affordable housing and support services for homeless individuals and families.

    Small World: Wisdom at 6,288 feet

      By Henry Precht BN Columnist Popular belief has it that the wisest men are to be found on top of high and remote mountains. We have been fortunate to have such a man of wisdom in our midst: Bridgton summer resident Charlie Simpson has ascended Nepal’s Mt. Everest (base camp) and New Hampshire’s Mt. […]

  • Uppermost House: A slingshot in Nebraska

    I don’t know whose idea it was to run Nebraska east to west, but they would have had second thoughts if they’d been stuffed with my dad and I inside the dusty cab of his ’68 Chevy pickup in the blistering hot August of 1972, bucking across the heart of America along I-80 on our […]

  • Small World: Debating the debate

      By Henry Precht BN Columnist I invested three hours when I could have been asleep during the second Republican debate last week. I hope you will pardon me and understand why, now rested, I am using it as the basis for this column. As I think back over the 11 participants and three moderators, […]

  • Earth Notes: Too many people on Earth?

      By Rev. Robert Plaisted How many people on earth are too many? Most of us don’t even think about that question, and most politicians don’t dare to discuss it. Yet it urgently needs to be asked and a credible answer formulated, or else nature will answer it for us. If we choose that path, […]

  • PRECIOUS MOMENT — BN columnist Peter Lewis’ son, Jeremiah, with his new arrival, Alexandria (Lexie).

    Uppermost House: Scoot over, sister

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist Making sense of life is sometimes a matter of keeping an eye on perspective. The full moon looming up over the trees beyond our meadow looks huge, but if I stretch my arm out and close one eye I can easily cover its bright orange orb with my thumb. […]

  • Small World: Human disaster in the Middle East

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist If you believe, as I do, that the primary object of diplomacy ought to be to save lives, then you, too, condemn American policy in Iraq and Syria. Not only have we inflicted grievous harm on those countries — when we were neither attacked nor threatened — we have prepared […]

  • Darkside of the sun: About those e-mails

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist All you have to do is drop the name of the World’s Most Respected News Organization and doors open. Yes, then they slam shut again, and wild laughter echoes from inside the room. But doors do open. When I asked the Department of Justice to see Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, […]

  • Small World: O, can you see an enemy?

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist The question for this Thursday’s debate is what is the quality most essential for a serious, successful government, popular at home and feared, loved or respected abroad? Many Europeans will immediately chant, “An inspiring national anthem!” No American who has had to sit through four verses before a ball game […]

  • Small World: An unhappy bit of history

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist “If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing,” ― Kingsley Amis, “Lucky Jim.” A BNews critic wrote recently, “Henry was the Iranian Desk Officer for the State Department when we failed to support the Shah in 1978, 1979. Had we, many lives, dollars, etc. would have been […]

  • Small World: A modest proposal

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Republican presidential candidates by the score (it seems) are calling for something to be done about the 11 (plus or minus) million illegal aliens who reside among us. The loudest voices demand that illegals be returned to their homes of origin and made to stand in visa lines like everyone […]