The Universal Notebook: Letting go of Earl

The last time I saw Earl Cutter he was in pretty rough shape. He was shaking badly, drooling, and his speech was slurred. I...

Another Viewpoint: Artists guild backs union drive at Portland Museum of Art

The statewide board of the Union of Maine Visual Artists supports employees at the Portland Museum of Art in their desire and efforts to...

The Universal Notebook: Testing, testing, testing

Like a great many Americans, we have been turning ourselves inside out and upside down trying to figure out what to do about the...

Politics & Other Mistakes: How nudity can solve the CMP problem

Central Maine Power Co. is easy to hate, probably because the state’s largest electric utility has a tendency to go out of its way...

A View from the Hill: One image is worth more now than ever before

I’m looking for an image. You haven’t seen it, because it doesn’t yet exist. You will know when it does. I hope that will be...

Your Viewpoint: Beem goes too far in criticism of Green

I confess: I’m unhappy about Susan Collins’ reelection. But I’m far more distressed by Edgar Allen Beem’s column in the Nov. 18 edition of the...

Miserable & Magical: It’s going to be a Thanksgiving to remember

A couple of years ago in the days leading up to Christmas, my mom told me something that broke my heart. “I just know that...

Politics & Other Mistakes: A modest poop-prosal

We need a new rule. But it has to be a fun rule for everyone. Except for politicians. Much has been made of the influence of...

Our Viewpoint: The Portland Phoenix, one year later

When the new Portland Phoenix was launched exactly one year ago, we said we had “optimism, leavened with faith.”  That faith came in very handy...

The Universal Notebook: Congratulations, Sen. Collins

So Sen. Susan Collins has won a fifth six-year term in office. Congratulations, senator. In doing so you established a new low in negative...