The Universal Notebook: Girls will be boys

Rep. Beth O’Connor, R-Sanford, has submitted a bill to the state Legislature aimed at excluding transgender students from school athletics, a move as wrong-headed...

The Bridge Between: Take a stand for equal rights for women, girls

It’s no longer a question that women and girls are capable of leading, not only households but capable of leading and healing countries and...

A View from the Hill: Preparing for liftoff

Emergers are tiny aquatic insects that begin life at the bottom of streams and rivers before transforming into air-borne creatures like caddisflies and mayflies...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Jerk-o-rama

The people who run the news media are mostly jerks. But to keep that in context, the people who run the government are even...

The Universal Notebook: The agony of house hunting in a red-hot market

This is a tough time to be looking for a home in southern Maine. It’s a seller’s market in which local buyers have to...

Another Viewpoint: Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may...

A View from the Hill: Vaccination works against cynicism, too

When I received my first COVID-19 vaccination the other day at Scarborough Downs, I felt a sense of instant immunity. Not to the disease, of...

The Universal Notebook: News at 6

As a news junkie and Portland native, I am a lifelong viewer of WCSH, but lately, I find myself grumbling a lot at News...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Honky-tonk nightmare

I don’t worry much about annoying people. Politicians? If they don’t have thick skins, they should find another hobby. Readers? If it wasn’t for hate mail,...

The Universal Notebook: Welcome to Vaccinationland

As I write this I am one of 211,451 Maine residents who have received their first COVID-19 vaccination. Five days before my 72nd birthday...