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Trump(Don't)Care: How the AHCA Should Reinvigorate the Push For Universal Health Care

Trump(Don't)Care: How the AHCA Should Reinvigorate the Push For Universal Health Care

It’s a stretch to say the firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump’s declassification of sensitive information to Russia are stratagems meant to distract you from the AHCA. But in case it’s having that effect, let’s gloss over the brutality in store for Americans if TrumpCare passes the Senate. In simple terms, the American Health Care Act would position Mainers and Americans vulnerable to a health care system that could be so inaccessible that it... Read more

16-05-2017 Hits:220 Features Nick Schroeder

Columns

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with ch…

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with children's book author Gregory Hofmann

Are your kids old enough to be fascinated by fantastical creatures, but still young enough to want to look at pictures while you read to them? We may have found the perfect solution, in local author Gregory Hofmann’s new children’s picture book, Larger than Life, which he also illustrated. Excited about his kids’ lit debut (he’s already a novelist and poet), he took the time to reveal some insights to us:   GG: What were your three... Read more

15-05-2017 Hits:169 Kids Gabe Gregoire

Politics and Other Mistakes

Send in the clowns

Nothing says civility like a heavily armed National Guard unit. If you’re concerned that social conventions in the United States might be breaking down, fear no more. Paul LePage, Maine’s Republican governor and reptilian invasive species, announced during a recent radio interview that he’s considered employing the military to deal with “an internal domestic problem.” I had one of those. But a couple boxes of d-Con took care of it. To be fair to the governor (I’m not smirking, I swear), it’s unclear from his remarks whether he actually intends to employ troops to suppress dissent. He could just be incoherent. “I think we’re...

12-05-2017 Hits:139 Politics & Other Mistakes Al Diamon

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News

Five surprising facts about video games and their impact on …

Five surprising facts about video games and their impact on the real world

The perception of a gamer as a socially awkward outcast who barely experiences any light or human interaction apart from their television and their mother has long since eroded. With 2 billion gamers worldwide, and the global gaming market surging past 100 billion dollars last year, calling yourself a “gamer” in 2017 is almost like calling yourself a cell phone user. Indeed video games and their creators have long fantasized of overtaking Hollywood as the... Read more

09-05-2017 Hits:190 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days A Week: Sexy Geeks, Strange Storytellers, and the Ret…

8 Days A Week: Sexy Geeks, Strange Storytellers, and the Return Of At Least Three Local Legends

THURSDAY 18   WATER WORLD | Do you care about the health of our oceans but know precious little about them? A film, titled Ocean Frontiers III, is screening this week and will illuminate the most pressing threats and challenges to marine conservation. As residents of a coastal city, it’s imperative that we discuss these issues and empower those fighting for a sustainable ocean future. A panel of regional experts will lead an interactive discuss after the... Read more

15-05-17 Hits:94 8 Days A Week Francis Flisiuk

Food & Drink

This Summer, Explore Portland's Craft Beer Scene

This Summer, Explore Portland's Craft Beer Scene

Please note, this article is sponsored content from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   It’s festival season in Portland.  Each summer the weekends are jam-packed with fests of every sort, celebrating our rich food heritage, tall ships on the waterfront, the local art scene and everything that makes Portland unique.  Set against a backdrop of 19th century architecture, landmarks and seaside charm, these festivals add even more flavor to the quintessential Maine experience... Read more

17-05-2017 Hits:134 Drink Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Music

Down the Path with a Flashlight: An Interview with Chad Clar…

Down the Path with a Flashlight: An Interview with Chad Clark of Beauty Pill

In 2015, the D.C. artist and musician Chad Clark released his band Beauty Pill's new album, Describes Things As They Are, a full 11 years after the group's previous release.   In that time, Clark was writing for NPR, composing musical scores for theater projects and art museum exhibitions, and recovering from surgery to fix a heart condition that nearly took his life. It was that event in particular that infuses Clark's sprawling and gorgeously complex... Read more

18-04-2017 Hits:465 Music Nick Schroeder

Outdoors & Sports

A Running Family's Memorial Day

A Running Family's Memorial Day

Think back to that series of roots you had to remember, or get tripped up, on that one part of your old high school’s cross-country running trail. The silent whoosh of the trees and tall grass slipping by as you run. Wet socks, from the dew on the grass. Ducking a stray sapling branch as you speed by, or leaning into it to save a fraction of a second on... Read more

16-05-2017 Hits:82 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with ch…

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with children's book author Gregory Hofmann

Are your kids old enough to be fascinated by fantastical creatures, but still young enough to want to look at pictures while you read to them? We may have found the perfect solution, in local author Gregory Hofmann’s new children’s picture book, Larger than Life, which he also illustrated. Excited about his kids’ lit debut (he’s already a novelist and poet), he took the time to reveal some insights to... Read more

15-05-2017 Hits:169 Kids Gabe Gregoire