Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Small World: The Realities of racism

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist There has been much talk in recent weeks of racism in America. Outraged by police shootings of unarmed black youth and subsequent grand jury refusals to indict the officers responsible, some citizens have condemned our society as racist to its core. While it’s hard for an outsider to comment on […]

  • Irreverence, irrelevance, whatever…More international news, supposedly

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist Homeland grants to Maine schools Homeland Security has announced its 2015 grants to the nation’s middle and high schools. Homeland Chief D’Arcy Snogg noted that the expanded academic programs are beneficiaries of cutbacks in ongoing police department militarization across the land, a funding program which has grown more controversial now […]

  • Darkside of the Sun: A moving experience

    By Mike Corrigan BN Columnist When you move house you find out who your real friends are — or if you have any. When they hear you are changing addresses, people develop exotic ailments: typhoid, hoof and mouth disease, a sudden onset of contagious mange. Really, they would love to help, but they are old […]

  • Small World: Unruly youth and our discontent

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Ferguson and Hong Kong, Egypt and Syria, Tehran and Palestine, Ukraine and Iraq and Turkey. The list is long. These are the sites of youth-led demonstrations or violent confrontations with regimes. What do these places have in common, if anything? Should there be a common U.S. policy for dealing with […]

  • Small World: Talking to Iran, despite hard liners

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist For over three decades, it seemed impossible for Iran and America to swap even the mildest of pleasantries with each other. Then some months ago, they started exchanges on Iran’s nuclear program. Now, it seems they can’t stop talking as the negotiations about preventing a supposed atom bomb have been […]

  • 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. […]