Politics & Other Mistakes: The second (or third) coming

It’s time to recalibrate our definition of “far-right fanatic.” According to the assessment of a person I’ll get to in a moment, former Republican Gov....

Politics & Other Mistakes: Third-party pitfalls

I have nothing against third parties. For decades, I’ve been a card-carrying member of the Keg Party, which advocates, well, not much of anything,...

The Universal Notebook: Trump and his ‘Sedition Caucus’

The U.S. Code defines “seditious conspiracy” as follows: “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to...

A View from the Hill: Wish list

Alright, I’m ready. Bring on the vaccine. The one with my name on it. Marsters. Right arm, please. Ouch! Thanks. I know, I’ve heard – it...

Another Viewpoint: It’s time to hold the children accountable

I’ve spent the last decade working primarily with middle school students, so I know how unreasonable children can be at their worst, and how...

The Universal Notebook: Ch-ch-ch-changes for 2021

We went to church on Christmas Eve. Between illness in 2019 and the pandemic in 2020, I hadn’t been to church but once or...

Miserable & Magical: Perfectly imperfect for 2021

Confession time: Over the past year I sometimes haven’t had any idea what I was going to write about until my deadline was staring...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Flushing away a bad year

Time to catch up on some of the weirdness you may have missed as 2020 was circling the toilet bowl. The following stories are...

The Universal Notebook: A pandemic polemic

Good morrow, good riddance, ta-ta, 2020. You, Trump and COVID, we’re sick of you plenty. We’ve had enough sickos to last a lifetime and more. Time now...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Laws and sausages

The Maine House and Senate are scheduled to hold their 2021 sessions at the Augusta Civic Center (motto: "Elvis Played Here Back When His...