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Politics & Other Mistakes (96)

Who’s crazy?

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKESWhich side in the debate over General Assistance is correct?That’s easy.None of them.Certainly not the city of Portland, which admits it regularly and knowingly allowed people with assets ranging from $20,000 to as much as $160,000 to stay in its homeless shelter on the taxpayers’ tab. Portland’s excuse is that these folks were suffering from mental illnesses that somehow made it impossible for them – or anyone else – to manage their…

Alligator stomp

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKESMaine does a great job of figuring out the cost of maintaining its transportation infrastructure. Every year, the state releases a detailed report showing how much it needs to provide safe passage across the landscape for residents and tourists, whether by automobile, rail, or teleportation device.

How LePage turned his back on his upbringing

Governor LePage likes to remind us that he comes from difficult beginnings.The story of his heart-wrenching transition from a horrific childhood in Lewiston to the Blaine House in Augusta is a story that many Mainers are acquainted with by now. At times, he was faced with de-escalating his father’s drunken behavior, which included family abuse and attempts to set the family home on fire.

County lines

Nominations are now open for the person who mostresembles county government in Maine.First up is Alex Rodriguez. The disgraced New YorkYankee is expensive, unproductive and obnoxious. If therewere three of him, he’d be a county commission. Except withbigger muscles and smaller testicles.

Return of the mothership

by Al Diamon/POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKES Imagine a political party that welcomes extremist kooks, convicted felons and space aliens, while promising to solve our problems by taking wishy-washy stands and promoting unworkable solutions.In Maine, we already have the Democrats, the Republicans and the Green Independents for that. If there’s pent-up demand for additional groups offering more of the same, I’m missing it.


Last week Gov. Paul LePage released the details of his biennial budget package — and while it’s not quite as bad as we’d feared, it could be the start of a major shift in the way the state is funded.

"Moral & Political Lessons On ‘Wyoming’" needs to pick up the pace

By Harold WitheeSnowlion Repertory Company is known for newer, socially aware commentary, woven with abstract and avant-garde theatrical storytelling. In its latest offering, Moral & Political Lessons On ‘Wyoming,’ playwright Vincent Sessa’s free speech exploration is the gravitational center of the action. Artistic Director Al D’Andrea is a risk taker and directs a stark production, befitting the sterilized world created within the dystopian play about the extinguishing of theatrical expression.
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