Category Archives: Commentary

Everyone deserves to eat. No exceptions.

Everyone should have enough food to eat. Period. Everyone. Every single person. Every child. Every mother. Every father. Every grandmother. Every worker. Every person who doesn’t work. Every person with a disability. Every person fighting addiction. The convicted criminal. The saint. The loving. The mean. The forgiving. The spiteful. The thoughtful. The vindictive. Everyone. During […]

Don’t believe the bellyaching, the kids are all right

The kids are all right. Honest. Despite the moaning and groaning of old people like me when they talk about “kids these days,” I think the future is in good hands. Certainly better hands than we’re in today. There’s this notion that kids today have been ruined and that they’ve been made soft by over […]

Lawmakers on dangerous ground when they ignore voters

Voters are getting pummeled in the Legislature. Last year, the stalemate on important issues caused by a hothead of a governor and a divided Legislature led voters to take matters into their own hands. In a crowded November ballot, they passed four of five citizens’ initiatives. Voters said yes to legalizing marijuana, raising the minimum […]

Lawmakers should trust voters to reject flawed casino gamble

Maine lawmakers face a conundrum of their own making. And the only real way out is to trust the voters. A well-financed – and extremely troubling – campaign to build a new casino in southern Maine has collected enough signatures to force a ballot initiative this fall. The backers of the casino question have skirted campaign […]