Politics & Other Mistakes: Golden era?

Jared Golden’s time in office representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District could be characterized as a success. After all, no one has compared him to...

Our Viewpoint: Portland drags its feet on marijuana licenses

The wheels of government turn slowly in Portland, a city that often seems strangled by bureaucracy. The latest example of slow-motion government is a...

Your Viewpoint: Neuger’s photos don’t disappoint

Kudos for using photographer Jim Neuger. His cover photos and interior images are more and more compelling each week. As a photographer at the late,...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Absentee reform doesn’t make the heart grow fonder

Maine is full of creative ideas for fixing state government – almost all of them bad. Term limits got rid of experienced legislators and replaced...

The Universal Notebook: Questions about cancel culture

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, says cancel culture “is the No. 1 issue for the country to address today.” Not 500,000 Americans dying of COVID-19?...

A View from the Hill: Answering the wake-up call

Here’s an image that popped into my almost 70-year-old mind for no particular reason.  First, I was a garbage truck with trash tumbling out the...

The Universal Notebook: ‘What is wrong with these people?’

Obviously, I am a hyper-partisan liberal, but my lovely wife is far more reasonable. Still, several times a week when she reads the newspaper...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Not exactly a clash of titans

Democrats seem to be under the impression Gov. Janet Mills would be a strong candidate for reelection in 2022. Republicans are convinced former Gov. Paul...

Miserable & Magical: Stronger than yesterday

Anyone who has ever read this column (or even just its title) knows Taylor Swift is my favorite singer. But eight years before I...

Your Viewpoint: Beem’s criticism of MMC is ‘spot on’

Edgar Allen Beem's latest column ("The Universal Notebook: Nurses United," Feb. 10) is spot on. Maine Medical Center should not be calling in union-busters...