Politics & Other Mistakes: Talking too much

There’s no such thing as free speech. Just because we live in a country where we don’t have to worry about jack-booted thugs smashing down...

A View from the Hill: No better refuge than Casco Bay

With all the insidious racket in Washington last week, I needed to escape to the place where I find great solace without having to...

Miserable & Magical: Sometimes, you have to look away

In my first column for The Phoenix a few weeks ago I said my pieces would be a mix of sincere and snarky. But...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Is there a pill for that?

I hate Big Pharma. You hate Big Pharma. Everybody hates Big Pharma because it’s so easy to hate. Pharmaceutical executives revel in raising prices on lifesaving medicines...

The Bridge Between: Tomorrow is going to be better

Can I tell you how excited I am to be writing again, especially for you, the readers of the Portland Phoenix? Ever since I learned...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Going potty

Let’s list all the businesses that Portland has too many of. (Note to the haters: Liberals do not count as a business.) There are too many...

A View from the Hill: It’s the journalism, stupid

In early January, Masthead Maine announced that as of March 2 it would stop printing the Monday edition of several of its newspapers, including...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Paycheck blues

Gov. Janet Mills is leaving Maine to become governor of Iowa. The reason: Iowa pays its chief executive almost twice as much as Maine. Mills, who earns...

Another Viewpoint: We rank D.C.’s top 7 liars, so you don’t have to

kakistocracy (kak-uh-stok-ruh-see) noun. Government by the worst persons. — Dictionary.com Government’s canniest liar, hands down, is Kellyanne Conway. She has slink, snarf, snark, beans up her...

Miserable & Magical: It’s nice to have a friend

I’ve been living in the “adult world” for all of five years now, if you don’t count college (you shouldn’t), and I can attest...