Politics & Other Mistakes: Constitutionally inedible

Amending the state Constitution is like pumping out the septic tank. Sometimes, it has to be done, but the less often, the better. Since Maine...

The Art of Healing: On returning

Although I haven’t finished the "Parable" series by Octavia E. Butler just yet, the quote, “God is Change,” sticks with me. It is the...

The Universal Notebook: Straight dope on the Olympic Games

So sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will not get to compete in the Tokyo Olympics because she smoked a joint. Talk about hypocrisy. Why marijuana is even...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Looking for a good time? This ain’t it

It’s easy to understand why some politicians would want to legalize prostitution. The two occupations share an astonishing number of similarities. I’ll leave the more...

Your Viewpoint: Beem’s lobstering facts are tangled

A response to Edgar Allen Beem's June 23 column, “Lobstermen tilt at whales, windmills,” is necessary since facts have been misrepresented, as when he...

A View from the Hill: Summer of ’59

Kid. Early soft summer morning. School is out. Absolutely nothing to do but some stupid chores. Otherwise, what will be will be. So what...

The Universal Notebook: Driving me crazy

There is a good chance I may never leave Maine again other than for a few quick forays over the border into New Hampshire...

Politics & Other Mistakes: French kiss-off

In public, heads of major utilities almost never say what they really think. That’s because what they really think is: Screwing over the public...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Black markets matter

There’s much to be said in favor of Maine’s medical marijuana program – and plenty to be said against it. It’s both a sensible...

The Universal Notebook: Lobstermen tilt at whales, windmills

Elroy “Snoody” Johnson (1894-1973) was a well-known fisherman from Harpswell. He often lobbied the Maine Legislature on behalf of fishing interests and he was...