Stranger Observations:Trump and the Anti-campaign Campaign

Much has been said about the post-Iowa Donald Trump and his uncharacteristically subdued performance during Saturday night’s debate, most of which echoes Glenn Thrush’s sentiment in his Politico article, “5 Takeaways from the GOP Debate”: “The Donald looked wan, thinner and more chastened after his humbling Iowa defeat, like an El Greco version of himself. He’s still the frontrunner, but he’s lost his maverick swagger…Moreover, he seemed un-outsidery.”
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Bombs not food

_by Al DiamonWhat do terrorists want?According to the CIA or some other equally reliable but possibly fictional government agency, every dangerous fanatic – from Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof to Boston Marathon creepo Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – wanted exactly the same thing: food stamps.Apparently, killing innocent people for hazy ideological reasons works up quite an appetite, but not much income.Unfortunately for McVeigh and his ilk, there’s almost no chance…

Progressive caucus urges passage of budget

Editor:(This letter was sent to Maine’s congressional delegation.)Dear Sen. Collins, Sen. King, Rep. Pingree & Rep. Poliquin,We, your constituents, are writing to urge you to vote for the People’s Budget: A Raise For America, the FY 2016 alternative budget proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Bizarro World: Cuba and Joanne Twomey revisited

Editor:Back when Kurt Vonnegut was alive and able to give us the benefit of his wisdom, he made an observation which I paraphrase: "The world is being run by my high school class." The shenanigans that we are witnessing these days on a world as well as a local scale makes his observation pretty tame. If it's okay with readers, I'll stick to only two of countless issues that exemplify my premise.

Maine legislators should end puppy mills and kitten mills

Editor,It is time for Maine to stop supporting the puppy mills and kitten mills by buying pet shop pups and kittens. We all must use our voices to end this inhumane industry.LD No. 335, “An Act To Restrict The Sales Of Dogs And Cats In Pet Shops”: This bill will restrict a pet shop from selling dogs and cats obtained from the large scale breeding industry (aka puppy/kitten mills) with significant violations from the USDA.…

Natural gas doesn’t force removal of trees and boasts many benefits

Editor,(Regarding “Is renewable still doable? Natural gas is a fair weather friend for Maine’s renewable energy industries; yet one expert sees this fossil fuel as a critical ally for sustaining solar and wind power,” June 18 Phoenix): A false comparison for the most part.Natural gas is a fuel, is available 24/7, is largely weather proof; doesn't require permanent clear-cuts for expensive transmission lines that remove CO2 loving biomass – in effect making the problem worse,…

‘Monarchies have been crumbling’: A United Canada without the monarchy

Editor:Canada and England would fit seamlessly into the international community without the Monarchy!It is not accidental that the great majority of nations are republics. It has been the result of humanity’s long groping in the dark, tribulations and sacrifices.Its first and greatest benefit for Canada is that it will deliver a forceful disincentive to the separatist movement in Quebec because after the disposal of the Monarchy, everyone across the land will take the oath of…
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