The Bridge Between: Tomorrow is going to be better

Can I tell you how excited I am to be writing again, especially for you, the readers of the Portland Phoenix? Ever since I learned...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Going potty

Let’s list all the businesses that Portland has too many of. (Note to the haters: Liberals do not count as a business.) There are too many...

A View from the Hill: It’s the journalism, stupid

In early January, Masthead Maine announced that as of March 2 it would stop printing the Monday edition of several of its newspapers, including...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Paycheck blues

Gov. Janet Mills is leaving Maine to become governor of Iowa. The reason: Iowa pays its chief executive almost twice as much as Maine. Mills, who earns...

Another Viewpoint: We rank D.C.’s top 7 liars, so you don’t have to

kakistocracy (kak-uh-stok-ruh-see) noun. Government by the worst persons. — Dictionary.com Government’s canniest liar, hands down, is Kellyanne Conway. She has slink, snarf, snark, beans up her...

Miserable & Magical: It’s nice to have a friend

I’ve been living in the “adult world” for all of five years now, if you don’t count college (you shouldn’t), and I can attest...

Another Viewpoint: Is there a Democrat who can transcend partisan division?

In the fall of 2012, when Angus King was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time and I was running for re-election...

A View from the Hill: Good grief

It was the day after Christmas, and I felt deflated. The change had been too abrupt. I needed a tonic, and not the gin-and type,...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Maybe the outrage is sorta fake

I’m not saying Ross LaJeunesse is a phony. I’m open to the possibility he’s just incredibly naive. Or kinda stupid. Regardless of which of these descriptions...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The road(s) not taken

Maine’s roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure, such as the population of people below retirement age, are in terrible shape. Our highways are pockmarked...