Politics & Other Mistakes: Absentee reform doesn’t make the heart grow fonder

Maine is full of creative ideas for fixing state government – almost all of them bad. Term limits got rid of experienced legislators and replaced...

The Universal Notebook: Questions about cancel culture

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, says cancel culture “is the No. 1 issue for the country to address today.” Not 500,000 Americans dying of COVID-19?...

A View from the Hill: Answering the wake-up call

Here’s an image that popped into my almost 70-year-old mind for no particular reason.  First, I was a garbage truck with trash tumbling out the...

The Universal Notebook: ‘What is wrong with these people?’

Obviously, I am a hyper-partisan liberal, but my lovely wife is far more reasonable. Still, several times a week when she reads the newspaper...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Not exactly a clash of titans

Democrats seem to be under the impression Gov. Janet Mills would be a strong candidate for reelection in 2022. Republicans are convinced former Gov. Paul...

Miserable & Magical: Stronger than yesterday

Anyone who has ever read this column (or even just its title) knows Taylor Swift is my favorite singer. But eight years before I...

Your Viewpoint: Beem’s criticism of MMC is ‘spot on’

Edgar Allen Beem's latest column ("The Universal Notebook: Nurses United," Feb. 10) is spot on. Maine Medical Center should not be calling in union-busters...

The Universal Notebook: Nurses united

What a shame that just as nurses are finally getting the recognition they deserve for risking their lives to care for us, Maine Medical...

A View from the Hill: Let it be

Mother, Mother, You’re like no other. That, my friends, is the first poem I ever wrote.  Unfortunately, it was not the last. In my teens, I fancied myself...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Unmasked marauders

Who says the Maine Legislature is composed of a bunch of dinguses who can’t make hard decisions? Oh, that would be me. But a recent...