Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: Face your fears

Dear grandchildren, Let’s talk about fear. Not so long ago, before coronavirus and climate change came along to scare the bejesus out of you, fear was...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Party crasher

Could Maine’s next governor be None of the Above? At first glance, the answer appears to be no. Between Democratic incumbent Gov. Janet Mills and...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Paying the price of admission

So the Maine Turnpike Authority has announced plans to jack up toll rates to offset lost revenues due to the pandemic. I guess no...

Our Viewpoint: Focus is vital for Portland Charter Commission

The first meetings of the Portland Charter Commission have produced cause for both optimism and concern. It is heartening to see that the members of...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Shock treatment

Let us now praise electric vehicles – which are expensive and pose a threat to our highway funding system, because they’re exempt from gas...
Muntaha Mohamed

The Art of Healing: Money can’t buy well-being

The art of healing is by design a painful journey, which is why the majority of people who are overworked under a capitalistic system...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: New Columbia or Douglass Commonwealth?

There are so many problems in this country that resist solution – racism, gun violence, sedition, Coronavirus – primarily because Republicans refuse to act,...
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: See past the weeds

I didn’t think it would happen this way. I wasn’t supposed to write this. I naively thought that when the pandemic was over it would...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Disagreementland

If there’s one thing everybody in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District can agree on, it’s – nothing. The sprawling blob that takes up most of the...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Father of the brides

As of July, I became the father of three brides. Three beautiful daughters. Three beautiful weddings. Tess, our youngest, was married at a farm wedding...