Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • 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. […]

  • Viewpoints: The real, best reason we should ‘shop local’

    By Michael T. Corrigan BN Columnist All politics is local, they say, so that means the best government is carried out by people you know. And we’d say the best capitalism is local, too. But economic policy tends not to reward local capitalism. Look around. The true old-time mom and pop stores are going, going, […]

  • Uppermost House: Forgetting the trash

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist Leaving work, I popped open the hatchback of my little red car and tossed in a plastic bag full of trash from my office and slammed the hatch shut, got in the car and took off. Thirty-five seconds later, my mind had wandered off to some bizarre place like […]