Politics & Other Mistakes: Holiday shopping made simple

It’s tough to choose the right gift for Maine politicians. Most of them have only two items on their Christmas lists: A — more power,...

Our Viewpoint: See you next year

The arrival of a new year is a time for faith and optimism. The turn of the calendar forces us to seek hope in the future....

Another Viewpoint: The unstoppable Harry Sky: A remembrance

Harry Sky and I met in 1988, when he taught a course on the life and ideas of the Swiss psychiatrist, C.G. Jung. From...

A View from the Hill: Your ultimate non-Bezos last-minute gift guide

I thought I had another two weeks to write this column, in which case it wouldn’t have been the column I will write today,...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Money for nothing

I’m in favor of people giving me cash – particularly, if I don’t have to do anything in return. Like work. It’s a sad commentary on...

Politics & Other Mistakes: This isn’t the ERA era

If supporters of a state Equal Rights Amendment in Maine were honest, they’d admit the proposal wouldn’t accomplish a damn thing. Then, they could devote their energies...

Our Viewpoint: Brains over brand is USM’s best bet

University of Southern Maine officials last week withdrew a proposal to rebrand the institution as the University of Maine at Portland.  Facing many challenges, including...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Rankled

I really hate it when I find myself agreeing with Bruce Poliquin. Poliquin (R-Lilliput) is the former Republican congressman from Maine’s 2nd District, a...

A View from the Hill: Climate news isn’t all bad

Today we’re going to talk about climate change. Wait! Don’t leave! I get it – I, too, feel overwhelmed by all the noise. That’s what...

Our Viewpoint: New mayor, new City Council face an old issue

On Monday, Dec. 2, a new mayor and one new city councilor take office in Portland. Right out of the gate, Kate Snyder and the...