Another Viewpoint: Learn from the past, don’t let it dictate how Portland is governed

Adam O’Connor certainly did his historical homework for his op-ed "The case against the city manager" in the Aug. 5 Phoenix. He accurately tells how...

Your Viewpoint: Fairness absent in reports on Hill historic district

Like many in the community, I am delighted at the revival of the Phoenix. I very much admire and enjoy the interesting paper you...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Lawn wars

If you count lawn signs on rural roads in western Maine, you’ll find Trump-Pence placards barely outnumbering “Stump Grinding,” “For Sale,” “Clean Fill Wanted”...

A View from the Hill: A little normalcy goes a long way

Two of my grandchildren, who are 5 and 8, came into my home last weekend for the first overnight visit in ages. It was...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The microbes march on

The U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic challenger, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, is a complex biological organism,...

Miserable & Magical: The walls are closing in

I don’t know if it’s because of COVID-19 or because I’m getting older, but I am very much over apartment life. Being cooped up...

Another Viewpoint: Rethinking Maine’s bicentennial: The stories we tell and the power they hold

Every day on my way to school growing up, I passed by the Blockhouse in New Gloucester. I still remember the story I was...

A View from the Hill: On the trail of Portland’s public art

A few weeks ago a small crowd gathered under a great catalpa tree in a lush, peaceful corner of Deering Oaks Park in Portland,...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The C word

In the complicated debate over how to correct injustices heaped upon Maine’s Indigenous People, there’s a word nobody dares to use. No, not the former...

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...