Monday, August 8, 2022
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: SCOTUS attacks individual rights

If you haven’t read Sam Pfeifle’s excellent July 13 Phoenix cover story on what the renegade conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices might do next,...
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Another Viewpoint: Farewell, John Rensenbrink

In 1996, nearly 5,600 people in Vermont voted for Green nominee Ralph Nader for president. I was one of them. Inspired by the Burlington city...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: The not-so-smart set

For some reason, neither Gov. Janet Mills nor 2nd District Congressman Jared Golden has been invited to participate in the annual Battle of the...
Bre Kidman

Unpacking the Sausage: Never underestimate the life-saving value of ice cream

Everyone needs a reason to survive. Some people have a lot of reasons handy. Others, like me, may find them running a little thin these...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Oh no, not him again

When journalist Sasha Abramsky was in Maine earlier this year researching an article about Paul LePage for The Nation, I had a cup of...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: The cold facts on the tax freeze

Maine has a new law that provides real property-tax relief. For a few people. But for the rest of you, maybe a tax increase. Here are some...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: COVID-19 for the Fourth of July

I woke up with a sore throat, a slight cough, a runny nose, and body aches and knew what that meant. My lovely wife...
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: Birds fall before they fly (some people too)

As I watered the garden the other day a juvenile robin attempted a landing between the raised beds. Clearly a beginner at this flying...

Another Viewpoint: Feds must act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans

It has been just over a decade since my husband Kirk and I moved to Maine, where I serve as rabbi at Congregation Bet...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: These are the bad old days

The six high priests of the Roberts Court made their intentions to destroy precedent abundantly clear in three recent bombshell decisions. In Dobbs v....