Saturday, December 3, 2022

Another Viewpoint: ‘No’ on Question 5 preserves checks and balances on city spending

A recent op-ed by School Board Superintendent Xavier Botana published Oct. 14 in the Portland Press Herald argues that Question 5 will let the...
Bre Kidman

Unpacking the Sausage: Looking for hope in all the wrong places

I wonder if I could sneak some hope into an election season column in 2022. It’s tough to get pumped about voting when we all...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: Crash landing

The roadside sign read “Ed Thelander.” What the hell is an Ed Thelander, I wondered. Could the sign have a spacing problem? Was it really advertising...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: Big Lie Republicans threaten democracy

We should have realized back in 2016 that representative democracy was under serious attack when candidate Donald Trump admitted that he would only recognize...

Your Viewpoint: Library books equal self-discovery

Mr. Beem’s opinion piece of October 05 highlighted a rather important topic, i.e., “…. how one town after another has attempted to ban books”...
Andrew Marsters

A View from the Hill: Thoughts on retirement

I’m pretty sure that I’m addressing the wrong demographic with this column topic, but since the AARP magazine hasn’t offered me a gig, this...
Nick Schroeder

Welcome, Nick Schroeder

We’re delighted to announce that Nick Schroeder, an experienced journalist with extensive credentials including working at the previous version of the Phoenix, has joined...
Edgar Allen Beem

The Universal Notebook: No News Mondays

Around our house the first day of the week is No News Monday because the Portland Press Herald no longer prints a newspaper that...
Al Diamon

Politics & Other Mistakes: No Direction

If you’re sick of political parties, here’s some good news. There’s another political party for you to be sick of. OK, that’s not exactly good...

Your Viewpoint: Arguments against pure democracy

Added to Al Diamond’s, “good arguments against democracy," I submit a quote from H.L. Mencken – “Democracy is the theory that the common people...