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Free Speech in the Trump Era: A Means or An End?

Free Speech in the Trump Era: A Means or An End?

The fiery, cacophonous clown car of a Trump presidency cleared its first-month checkpoint this week, dominating news cycles, asserting broad executive power and blanketing America’s most vulnerable people in a fog of confusion, disruption, and fear. But listen closely and you can hear another sound, an odd yet persistent rumbling, of a bemused electorate grappling with the pulpy, fibrous concept of free speech. I’m being glib — how do you find humor in this nightmare administration? —... Read more

21-02-2017 Hits:7 Features Nick Schroeder

Columns

Three Ways To Beat a Snow Day

Three Ways To Beat a Snow Day

All parents know that trying to get a stroller past a nasty pile of icy untended sidewalk, with precious cargo on board, can be a major hassle. And we all have cabin fever, young and old alike. So how do you get through the times when the snow is falling and there’s no hope at all for getting out this morning, or even this afternoon? Well, here are a few ideas that we have to... Read more

20-02-2017 Hits:7 Kids Gabe Gregoire and Nancy Richards

Politics and Other Mistakes

Do nothing ‘till you hear from me

The Maine Legislature doesn’t like to be told what to do. That’s because the Legislature would prefer not doing anything. For a politician, doing stuff is risky. No matter how innocuous the action (a proclamation declaring National Don’t Do A Damn Thing Day), there are going to be people who won’t like it (probably the Alliance of Highly Motivated Doers). Once legislators are on record for or against, the folks annoyed with whatever they did are going to light up social media with nasty comments. Protesters will take to the streets. Prominent political figures will issue statements of condemnation. You can understand why...

17-02-2017 Hits:5 Politics & Other Mistakes Al Diamon

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News

Is Portland a progressive city? According to city council vo…

Is Portland a progressive city? According to city council votes, not so much

Although Portland has a garnered a reputation for being a liberal enclave, one local initiative found that that’s not always the case.   After analyzing 19 key roll call votes from Portland’s 2016 City Council session, the group Progressive Portland found “wide ideological splits and few consistent progressives.” Last week they published a scorecard that objectively looks on how Portland’s city councilors voted on progressive issues last year. It found that the average city councilor voted... Read more

19-02-2017 Hits:8 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days: Metal Maelstroms, a Beatles Orchestra, Brewery Comed…

8 Days: Metal Maelstroms, a Beatles Orchestra, Brewery Comedy, and Nostalgic Parties

THURSDAY, 23   EASILY AMUSED | Janoah Bailin’s not a clown, but he’s got the skill set of one. Dip into the library for a surefire way to make your afternoon a little less dull, as Janoah will be putting on a 40 minute performance jam-packed with juggling, unicycle tricks, and puppetry. Libraries aren’t just places for knowledge; they’re also cultural centers and sometimes double as markets for absurdity and laughter, which is much appreciated in these... Read more

21-02-17 Hits:5 8 Days A Week Francis Flisiuk

Food & Drink

Bite-Sized Food News

Bite-Sized Food News

Greetings, food lovers! As we've been digging ourselves out from all the snow, the world of food news in Portland has continued on. This week, James Beard Award nominations have been announced, an old favorite in South Portland has unexpectedly reopened, and several under-construction restaurants opening this spring have made progress.   Taco Trio’s South Portland Location Reopens   After months of waiting, there's good news for taco lovers: Taco Trio has reopened... Read more

18-02-2017 Hits:3 Food + Drink Sarah Gelber

Music

The Music Lives On With Me: Honoring a friend’s parents and …

Hard times fell on one of my oldest friends in New Hampshire last year. In seven months he lost both his mother and father. His father died unexpectedly in May, then on Christmas Eve his mother passed after a quick returning illness.  I can’t imagine what he’s going through and I don’t know how he’s holding it together. No brother, no sister. Any other relatives turned out to be estranged jerks over the years. Oh and his girlfriend... Read more

21-02-2017 Hits:4 Music Mark Curdo

Outdoors & Sports

"I went for a walk in the woods..."

"I went for a walk in the woods..."

Many of us sometimes find time to escape the city and go to where the air is a little fresher, the birds are a lot more numerous, and we are surrounded by the swish of the wind in the treetops as we walk for miles through terrain that might have looked the same, hundreds or even thousands of years ago. We reconnect. We remember who we are, at heart, as... Read more

21-02-2017 Hits:6 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

Three Ways To Beat a Snow Day

Three Ways To Beat a Snow Day

All parents know that trying to get a stroller past a nasty pile of icy untended sidewalk, with precious cargo on board, can be a major hassle. And we all have cabin fever, young and old alike. So how do you get through the times when the snow is falling and there’s no hope at all for getting out this morning, or even this afternoon? Well, here are a few... Read more

20-02-2017 Hits:7 Kids Gabe Gregoire and Nancy Richards