Saturday, December 3, 2022
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: Setting ominous records

We’ve just experienced a streak of the warmest early November weather in Portland’s history. On Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. it was 63...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: The biggest gags (both kinds) of 2022

The time has come when our inboxes, airwaves and mailboxes will no longer be filled with the stupid and evil detritus of campaign advertising....
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Other people’s problems

If Maine Democrats get whomped in next week’s election, they can blame their loss on their own fundamental misreading of what voters want. They don’t...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Eating well is the best revenge

Carolyn and I don’t take vacations. We don’t buy expensive cars. We don’t buy fancy clothes. We do buy a lot of books and...
Bre Kidman

Unpacking the Sausage: A last dance

(Please take a moment to put on Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”) Ok, last column before Election Day 2022. One last swirl around the dance floor,...

Another Viewpoint: ‘I authored Question 5, and I’m asking you to vote YES’

I’m passionate about public education because of my mother. Her nonstop advocacy for children inspired me to run for the Charter Commission.  I chaired the...

Election Endorsements from the Portland Phoenix Editorial Board

Portland’s city ballot for Nov. 8 is filled with important questions — eight from the Charter Commission and five referenda put on the ballot...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: The boring chronicles

Janet Mills never came across as a dull person. Until she became governor. Mills used to be engaging, forthright, funny and occasionally profane. When challenged, which...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Real Estate Appreciation 101

Back in 2014, my lovely wife Carolyn and I paid a little over $300,000 for our four-bedroom home in Brunswick. Eight years later, a...
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: Wait ’til you hear about this new public health...

The dream: I was stuck on some dismal island somewhere. The island came under attack from some very mean people. (I guess it was...