Your Viewpoint: Young people need to vote

Many have said this could be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. However, for valid reasons, many young people feel disenfranchised and may...

Politics & Other Mistakes: A shout-out to the write-ins

I once got two write-in votes for governor. In 1996, an election official in Portland told me a pair of what we can only...

A View from the Hill: Bob Saunders wouldn’t approve of this column

It takes a lot of web surfing to find anything about my old friend and journalism colleague Robert M. Saunders. I mean Bob. I’m...

The Universal Notebook: Death of the hog

While I was in high school and college I rode motor scooters and motorcycles much of the time. During those long-gone years, I owned...

Your Viewpoint: Columnists provide ‘truth, clarity’

What a difference two newspapers can make. The Forecaster on Oct. 9 and the Portland Phoenix of Oct. 7 both published thought pieces on...

Miserable & Magical: It’s time for Collins to go

There are so, so many things I could say about last week’s presidential debate (none of them good, obviously) but I want to write...

Politics & Other Mistakes: The phantom foe

Sen. Susan Collins has a poltergeist problem. For months, Collins, Maine’s Republican senior senator, has been flailing away at a ghost. Her reelection campaign has...

The Universal Notebook: Signs of the times

“Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs, blocking out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” The 1971 hit...

A View from the Hill: Oh, Canada

Recently people have been telling me that if they could they would move to Canada to escape the utter chaos and insanity the U.S....

The Universal Notebook: Mud-wrestling for a U.S. Senate seat

Maine’s U.S. Senate election is turning into a $100 million mud-wrestling contest with the candidates and their supporters fighting dirty in ways that should...