Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • On the Bridgton planning front

    By Anne Krieg, AICP Director of Planning, Economic & Community Development Town of Bridgton I am sitting in my office with hiking boots and hiking clothes on, which feels weird as I usually go for the formal dress look for work. I hiked Pondicherry Park this morning with Rec Director Gary Colello and local all-around […]

  • Uppermost House: What hinges on Father’s Day

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist According to Wikipedia (the world’s most reliable information source), Father’s Day is defined as, “a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” It’s also a day for bad neckties, jalapeño peppers stuffed with hot sausage and wrapped in bacon, the joy […]

  • Uppermost House: Zero sum game, not

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist According to Wikipedia, a zero-sum game is a “mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant’s gain (or loss) of utility (measure of preference) is exactly balanced by the losses (or gains) of the utility of the other participants.” This concept is useful in both game and economic […]

  • Small World: Another enemy arises

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist In case you’ve been totally occupied with the arrival of spring, there is a big debate developing in Washington over whether and how deeply to get engaged in another Middle Eastern war. I refer, of course, to Obama’s pledge to finish off the savage Islamic (Sunni) state (ISIL, ISIS or […]

  • Take 2 on Bridgton Referendum #3

    The following column was submitted by the Bridgton Wastewater Committee The group of individuals who have brought the petition to the ballot, Referendum Article #3, to be voted on next week, have set themselves, in no uncertain terms, in opposition to Bridgton’s Wastewater Committee — for no good reason. For one, the Wastewater Committee is […]

  • Uppermost House: Quick, I need a spirea

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist My wife Karen and I drove to Delawhere two weeks ago to attend a wedding. And no, that’s not a typo: I also heard it called Delawhy. Like all of you, I didn’t think Delaware was a real place. Ask anyone “What’s south of New Jersey and east of […]

  • Small World: A voice from Tehran

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Recently, a journalist from Tehran — call him Sreza — out of the blue e-mailed me with a series of questions for his news agency. I responded with the diplomatic blah I had learned in the State Department. In return, I asked him to give me his opinion on subjects […]

  • Small World: Look back in envy

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Our continuous presidential campaign has one overriding value: It puts before the public the failings of our national enterprises. Of course, candidates don’t probe deeply — who knows what self-incrimination might be turned up? Nor do they want to strain the public’s capacity for studying evidence and coming to judgments […]

  • Guest Column: Wastewater Committee explains its position on Question 3

    “By changing the schedule by which use is assigned, and basing design flows on newer engineering guidelines, much capacity will be gained for the existing system, opening up potential for new users and for expanded users, which will in turn lower the rate per gallon for everyone.” — Bridgton Wastewater Committee   Bridgton’s Municipal Wastewater […]

  • Small World: Learning and relearning the lessons of war

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist I hope many of you watched the PBS program on the last days and evacuation of Americans from South Vietnam in 1975. It was a story of scant planning, panic and, on the part of the ambassador, Graham Martin, refusal to accept the reality of defeat. Almost until the last […]