Trump(Don't)Care: How the AHCA Should Reinvigorate the Push For Universal Health Care

It’s a stretch to say the firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump’s declassification of sensitive information to Russia are stratagems meant to distract you from the AHCA. But in case it’s having that effect, let’s gloss over the brutality in store for Americans if TrumpCare passes the Senate. In simple terms, the American Health Care Act would position Mainers and Americans vulnerable to a health care system that could be so inaccessible that…

"Do You See Me Now?" Photographers reveal Portland's opiate crisis with "Grit, Grime, and Grace"

Shaun Buck, pictured alongside this article, was supposed to be the “posterboy” for a new photography exhibition titled “Grit, Grime, and Grace,” aimed at humanizing people who use opiates and their struggle to get clean.    But four days before the exhibition’s opening, Buck was found dead inside a Porta Potty in Deering Oaks park. He had died of an opiate overdose.   Buck’s portrait, a photograph by Joanne Arnold, still hangs proudly at the…

Poliquin Takes Heat for AHCA Vote; Kindling Fund Grantees Make Hot Art

On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213, a significant step in the Trump Administration’s quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of President Obama’s administration. The bill is estimated to kick 24 million Americans off health care, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.   In the week since, citizens have rallied in numbers against U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin…

Five surprising facts about video games and their impact on the real world

The perception of a gamer as a socially awkward outcast who barely experiences any light or human interaction apart from their television and their mother has long since eroded. With 2 billion gamers worldwide, and the global gaming market surging past 100 billion dollars last year, calling yourself a “gamer” in 2017 is almost like calling yourself a cell phone user. Indeed video games and their creators have long fantasized of overtaking Hollywood as the…

BobbyWasabi Goes Pro: A Teenage Portland Gamer's Quest for Glory and Riches

Soccer moms load their kids in minivans, encouraging their dreams of going pro. Dads pace or squirm nervously on sidelines or in the stands. High school coaches steer young athletes toward playing sports in college or beyond. But while competitive sports can be their own reward, those seeking big money for their efforts often do so in vain. Statistics show that very few traditional athletes that play in high school continue onto college or pro…

'That Distant Holla': Daniel Minter and the Abyssinian Meeting House

Munjoy Hill is changing. Single-family homes that have stood for generations are being demolished and replaced with condos. Historically cheap rents and regional dialects are being replaced with nearly inaccessibly expensive housing and a vernacular of American English with much less distinction. In the midst of all of the new development, there is a structure as much a part of the city’s landscape and culture as the grueling incline of the hill itself. The Abyssinian Meeting House…

What Makes a Sanctuary City?

In Trump’s first 100 days in office, we’ve witnessed ICE agents ramping up immigration enforcement by arresting at least 675 illegal immigrants across the country. Here in Maine, a new bill (LD 366) was introduced that would essentially empower local law enforcement to act as immigration officials. These aggressive policies bring with them a perception of animosity toward foreign-born Americans. Because of this, we thought it would be important to go over a concept rife…

Letters to the Editor

This letter is concerning the upcoming May 5th protest of the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s lack of law enforcement at DEW Haven in Mt Vernon, Maine. Julie Miner shot Baghwa the lion in (2005?) because Bob Miner left a gate unlatched and attacked Bob, so they say. The Miners have put out at least three different versions of the event and the authorities were never notified, as required by law. The Miners hid this from…

The 2017 Portland Phoenix Editors' Picks

Though our standard Top 100 are set in stone, Phoenix editors are opinionated enough to have our own personal picks for the standouts of the city. You're welcome. Has comfort food ever looked prettier? Photo Courtesy of Figgy's.  Best Guilty Pleasure: Figgy’s Takeout & Catering There’s a sandwich at Figgy’s that seldom fails to beat down my rational self to make room for more carnal desires. Even if I’m just mildly hungry, I can’t go to…

The 100 Best Of Portland Winners

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT  Best Art Gallery: Portland Museum of Art   It was a year of fineness for Maine’s premier art institution. It began with a powerful six-month dedication to Maine artist and educator Duncan Hewitt and his enigmatic sculptures, showing there is always room for local art on the largest of Maine stages. Add in deep studies of WWI-era painter Georges Braque, “Women Modernists in New York” like Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Torr, and…
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