Colby’s Presidential Inauguration: In Praise of Faculty and Liberal Arts

The weekend before last I attended the inauguration of Colby’s new President, David Greene. I represented Phi Beta Kappa and was delighted to participate along with the presidents of several other Maine colleges (Bates, Bowdoin, Thomas, and the University of Southern Maine) plus alumni and alumnae of other colleges and universities, including the University of […]

Climate Change Deep History Is Valued–Not So History of Later Times

“History Repeats” is the title of the recent online U.Maine News story about the fascinating and highly important studies being conducted by UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. Under the direction of world-famous Professor Paul  Mayewski, a team of researchers has been analyzing ice cores from Greenland that are nearly 11,700 years old. They have concluded that […]

Senator Collins–you’re no Margaret Chase Smith

Tuesday’s Bangor Daily News had a front-page story on Senator Collins once again praising Senator Margaret Chase Smith, whose seat Collins occupies, as her personal model of a “trailblazing lawmaker.” Repeating the same rhetoric that Collins has used since entering the Senate in 1997, rhetoric that will surely be repeated further during her upcoming re-election […]