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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...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Impolite observations

A random collection of (well-deserved) insults: Many political observers are saying Democrat Ross LaJeunnesse of Biddeford stands no chance in Maine’s U.S. Senate race because...

A View from the Hill: Bless the risk-takers

My first job in journalism was as a reporter at the York County Coast Star, a muckraking weekly newspaper in Kennebunk. The crusty editor,...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The road to Niceville

If you carefully examine Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build a transmission line to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts, you’ll discover the company...