Maine state Rep. Grayson Lookner, D-Portland

Another Viewpoint: Portland revaluation a wake-up call on short-term rentals

Several weeks ago, as letters arrived from the tax assessor’s office notifying some Portland taxpayers that their property values have increased from 50-100 percent...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: King Paul v. Queen Janet

Just as I had to hold my nose to vote for Mike Michaud for governor in 2014 because of his history of voting against...
Muntaha Mohamed

The Art of Healing: Reimagining safer worlds

Including the writing of this column, I’ve counted four times now that I’ve had this same conversation in one week.  For context, I’ll be referencing...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Full house

Maine’s policy on casinos is easy to explain. There isn’t one. The state’s two gambling emporiums (emporia?) came into existence after expensive referendums (referenda?) were pushed...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Cruelty is the point

There are no longer any principles underlying the Republican Party. What unites Trump Republicans is sheer meanness. I have been reading Adam Serwer’s new book,...
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: American anthem

In 1971 folksinger Steve Goodman ran into Arlo Guthrie at a bar in Chicago. Goodman had written a song and wanted to play it...
Al Diamon

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...
Muntaha Mohamed

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...
Edgar Allen Beem

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...
Al Diamon

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...