Politics & Other Mistakes: Too dumb to be a cop

Russell Gauvin should be fired from his job as chief of the Capitol Police. Not because he posted on Facebook that he believes the presidential...

A View from the Hill: A frozen lake answers no questions

In a search for adventure and a break from all that has become a dull routine, I went skating the other day with a...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Legislative laughers

Back in the simpler days of the 1990s, Maine legislators with nothing better to do took delight in pretending to introduce ridiculous measures. Thus,...

The Universal Notebook: The petty politics of boycotts

Last week I read that some employees at Whole Foods in Portland are concerned because the upscale grocery store is too crowded to maintain...

Miserable & Magical: It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it

After 10 months and five days of being a world-class couch potato and midday nap aficionado, my days of leisure are officially over. It's time...

The Universal Notebook: The last laugh

Nothing is funny anymore. My high school buddies Chris and Earl are both dead now, so I will never again laugh as hard as...

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...