Sign In:

  • Published
    November 23, 2011

    Revealing the richness: Advertising and newspapers

    One of our regular columnists, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, forwarded an email she received from a person who discovered her writings through a friend and Google. The following is an excerpt from that email: “I learned of your writing from another Moss tent aficionado in California who gave me the title ‘Mrs. Moss’ Bathtub’ (I have been saving my own claw-foot bathtub for years until I find just the right spot for …

  • Published
    November 14, 2011

    Revealing the richness of our community

    Last night, my wife and I had pizza with a couple who recently moved to Midcoast Maine from Washington, D.C. We were amazed by the interesting lives these two had led prior to their arrival here: One had been a researcher with the National Institutes of Health and the other a curator for the National Gallery of Art. Here was a reminder of the richness of our community and how frequently a compelling story gets …

  • Published
    September 16, 2011

    Humbling experiences and staying relevant 

    Sailing quietly off our mooring, headed for Pulpit Harbor Saturday afternoon, I learned a well-kept secret about Camden Harbor. There is a ledge tucked among six moored boats northeast of Curtis Island. Yes, there is a green can to the east marking an area to be avoided, but a patch of water full of moored boats does not suggest danger. I know differently now. I called the Camden harbormaster on Channel 16. Jim …

  • Published
    July 27, 2011

    Tack, Jibe, Tack

    I got a big thrill last weekend when a 21-year-old who grew up in the area and was back from a year studying in Turkey told me he remembered k2Bh. I laughed because most people never got the name right…KQ2B, KB2Q, KHQB….everything but the right one. The young man had just told me he discovered in Turkey that he has an affinity for language and is looking toward a career using this talent. I figured that because …

  • Published
    December 1, 2010

    Learning is the way up

    These facts recently cited by Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary, and Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, provides sobering evidence that it is time to change the way we approach learning in the U.S.: One quarter of U.S. high school students drop out or fail to graduate on time. Almost one million students leave our schools for the streets each year. Seventy-five percent of young Americans between …

  • Published
    November 20, 2010

    Embracing a new technology

    Calls for a new business model are frequent for the legacy newspaper industry. The reasons are apparent. The Newspaper Association of America reports that newspaper print ad revenue is down 44.2 percent from 2005. The Pew Research Center says “Internet overtakes newspapers as news outlet.” If a new model is necessary, let’s first consider a definition of the legacy newspaper business model. What are the key …

  • Published
    November 13, 2010

    Will newspapers die?

    That is the question we are all asking. Since 1997, my money and efforts have focused on a vision where the answer to this question is “Yes, newspapers as we know them today will die.” When I searched “newspapers, die, death” on Google, I found thousands of articles, including some going back to 1995, a Newspaper Death Watch website, a link to the The New Yorker, and an interview with Warren Buffet. While …

  • Published
    October 27, 2010

    A clear choice for education

    Last week, I said Eliot Cutler’s attention to the details of the budget weeds and his willingness to tell us what we need to hear are refreshing. We need this kind of leadership to lower the cost of living and doing business in Maine. Cutler’s approach is consistent with the thinking of conservative-leaning New York Times columnist David Brooks, who describes a movement across the country whereby citizens are …

  • Published
    October 21, 2010

    Choosing between two extremes

    Maine’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign carries a familiar theme of campaigns being waged across the country. This has been the year for candidates with extreme positions to step forward. But we are fortunate to have a third choice. We have Eliot Cutler, the candidate who recognizes that the state governance to which we have grown accustomed is no longer sustainable. And that while there are reasons to be angry, …

  • Published
    September 29, 2010

    A response to ‘Good Newspapers will Survive and Thrive’

    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, Joe Smyth, CEO of the nonprofit Independent Newspapers, Inc., and wrote an article, “Good Newspapers will Survive and Thrive.” In it, he said: “Sometimes, newspapers are their own worst enemies. Many of them give themselves the same negative media coverage that everybody complains about. These self-anointed pundits predicted newspapers would die when radio emerged, …

  • Cross country at BAHS
  • Offers
  • Briefs
  • Get the newest stories delivered right to your inbox each day with our Daily Headlines!

    * indicates required
close x