Our Viewpoint: Vote for Sara Gideon

It’s impossible to recall when the decisions of Maine voters have played such an important role in national politics. A victory for Democrat Sara...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Bunglers with badges

I’m not saying all county sheriffs in Maine are incompetent extremists. Just that lots of them are. Maine elects its sheriffs because the state Constitution...

The Universal Notebook: And the winner is … Jared Golden

Compared to the nauseating barrage of political ads flung back and forth between Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Sara Gideon, even the...

Your Viewpoint: Young people need to vote

Many have said this could be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. However, for valid reasons, many young people feel disenfranchised and may...

Politics & Other Mistakes: A shout-out to the write-ins

I once got two write-in votes for governor. In 1996, an election official in Portland told me a pair of what we can only...

A View from the Hill: Bob Saunders wouldn’t approve of this column

It takes a lot of web surfing to find anything about my old friend and journalism colleague Robert M. Saunders. I mean Bob. I’m...

The Universal Notebook: Death of the hog

While I was in high school and college I rode motor scooters and motorcycles much of the time. During those long-gone years, I owned...

Your Viewpoint: Columnists provide ‘truth, clarity’

What a difference two newspapers can make. The Forecaster on Oct. 9 and the Portland Phoenix of Oct. 7 both published thought pieces on...

Miserable & Magical: It’s time for Collins to go

There are so, so many things I could say about last week’s presidential debate (none of them good, obviously) but I want to write...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The phantom foe

Sen. Susan Collins has a poltergeist problem. For months, Collins, Maine’s Republican senior senator, has been flailing away at a ghost. Her reelection campaign has...