Another Viewpoint: The case against the city manager

On July 14 the citizens of Portland voted to establish a commission to review the City Charter. Several issues could be taken up by...

Your Viewpoint: Denial of clemency ‘boggles the mind’

How shocking and disheartening it was to read in last week's Phoenix that Gov. Janet Mills has denied clemency for Brandon Brown, who has...

Miserable & Magical: This is me trying

As someone who writes a column named after Taylor Swift's lyrics, I’d be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to write about her...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Enough dirt for everyone

The trouble with being a politician is you have to associate with lots of creeps, mostly in the form of other politicians. Those unpleasant...

The Bridge Between: Black lives matter everywhere

Now that we have highlighted and exposed the long-standing racial inequities in every aspect of American life, and in a way forced a deep...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Fading away

Is Paul LePage the most influential politician in Maine? Nope. Not even close. LePage may be popular with those chuds who refuse to wear masks, are...

A View from the Hill: Looking for the ‘real’ in our new reality

Excuse me.  Sorry for intruding.  I must have gotten off at the wrong exit. Misread the sign.  Wow, things are so different here. What a pretty valley....

Politics & Other Mistakes: Watching the detectives

The state cops are spending $800,000 a year to spy on us. Oops, sorry. I didn’t mean spy. According to what Commissioner of Public Safety...

Miserable & Magical: Camping helps find the mountain within

The other day I read that the only activity unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic is hiking and as someone who proclaims to love hiking,...

Your Viewpoint: ‘A completely enjoyable newspaper’

The July 1 edition of the Portland Phoenix was filled with a wide variety of interesting articles ranging from the culinary delights prepared by...