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  • Published
    April 16, 2021

    William Smith: The Maine Legislature’s anti-business agenda

    Anti-business politicians in the Maine Legislature are at it again, proposing laws to regulate faraway companies that, if applied to Maine’s own industries, would be devastating.

  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Cal Thomas: Lost liberties

    If one can say the pandemic has had any positive side effect, it has been to help us focus on what the loss of liberties looks like. Such losses do not occur immediately but erode over time as people become increasingly comfortable with government claiming to know what is best for us.

  • Published
    April 14, 2021

    Kasie Kolbe: Proposed cable tax a bad deal for Maine towns

    Policymakers in Augusta should not be passing any legislation that increases Mainers’ monthly bills, while communities like Lisbon continue to deal with the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that is exactly what legislation pending before the Maine Legislature would do by implementing a statewide cable tax.

  • Published
    April 13, 2021

    Danielle Blair: Support LD 360, reduce barriers to recovery from substance use disorder

    Substance use disorder does not discriminate. Adults who are currently eligible for targeted case management comprise only a fraction of adults living with substance use disorder in Maine. Every person with MaineCare benefits and a diagnosis of substance use disorder who is seeking approved treatment services should be eligible for targeted case management.

  • Published
    April 12, 2021

    Putin’s Ukraine gambit is about gaining attention, not territory

    Seeing himself as an historical figure, and relying increasingly on brute force to steamroll over any vestige of an opposition, Putin no longer needs to worry about legitimacy. Russia's swashbuckling propagandists are more than ready to go into overdrive if they need to justify an onslaught on Ukraine.

  • Published
    April 12, 2021

    The libertarian case against voting restrictions

    To the libertarian, government itself presents a problem. Every law infringes on liberty because every law to some degree coerces — and even tiny "limited" infringements on freedom can add up. Thus law itself requires a justification more significant than the frenzy of any given political moment.

  • Published
    April 12, 2021

    Baseball deserves to lose its antitrust immunity

    What does the exemption do for baseball today? To put it bluntly, it allows baseball teams to collude in ways that would be illegal if any other entity did it.

  • Published
    April 11, 2021

    Leonard Pitts Jr.: Another word for anxiety is fear

    A disruptive demographic change is upon us. It represents a challenge, yes, but also an opportunity. To meet the one and seize the other will require a clear-eyed view of what we are and some strategy that delivers us to what we ought to be.

  • Published
    April 11, 2021

    Will Coggin: Lawmakers risk public safety with proposed plastic bottle ban

    Bottled water is an essential product. Lawmakers in Augusta, however, are seeking to outlaw the sale of standard water bottles as part of their effort to reduce plastic waste. This policy isn’t just shortsighted, it’s dangerous.

  • Published
    April 11, 2021

    Cal Thomas: I’m a capitalist, Mr. President, but you’re not

    Capitalism raises boats for those who play by its rules, accompanied by shared moral values, while socialism, especially when paired with communism, sinks too many boats and hopes.

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