GOP policies veer from cruel to absurd

There is a cruelty and viciousness to so many Republican policy ideas. Cloaked in populist language and blame-invoking finger pointing, the majority of the GOP stumbles consistently to the worst option available. It’s like Twitter parody accounts have been turned into living, breathing politicians, intent on pushing things just as far as seemingly possible and […]

Don’t blur the bright line of no guns at school

We need to do everything we can to keep guns away from schools. That means that we should stop wasting time and energy debating the nonsensical idea of arming teachers or the dangerous idea of allowing parents to bring guns onto school grounds, and instead look at ideas that might actually be worth considering. State […]

We have zero tolerance for plane crashes. Why not mass shootings?

If we can unravel the cause of a plane crash from the bottom of the ocean or aim for an end to infections in hospitals, we can figure out how to stop this type of wholesale murder.

Sorensen case proves women’s worst fears about reporting abuse

David Sorensen, a former aide to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and a speechwriter for President Donald Trump, was forced to resign last week after allegations by his ex-wife that he abused her during their two-and-a half-year marriage. The backlash against Jessica Corbett, who first told her story to the FBI in October and in a […]

Shut. It. Down. — No, not the government, Long Creek

The new superintendent of Long Creek Youth Development Center, the state’s prison for kids, seems like a great person. Caroline Raymond has opened up the doors of the facility to members of the Maine media, she’s granted interviews with the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald, in an effort I believe, to rub […]

LePage worse for tourism than renewable energy

Gov. Paul LePage cannot simply wave his arms and make laws – or the truth – disappear. Though he often attempts both. Last week, the governor issued an executive order creating a secret wind energy panel and placing a moratorium on new wind projects in the state (except for part of Aroostook County, maybe). He […]

Who is a real Mainer? Everyone who chooses to live here.

Tom Kawczynski was fired as the town manager of Jackman this week after his radical, racist agenda was exposed. Kawczynski also received a $30,000 pre-emptive settlement from the town for agreeing not to sue. His annual salary as town manager was $49,000. After news about Kawczynski surfaced last week, I spent some time on his […]

Republicans have selective hearing when it comes to racist remarks

Some Republicans, it appears, suffer from situational hearing impairment. Present in a room, listening to an audio tape, reacting to a reporter’s questions, members of the Republican Party aren’t able to hear clearly — at least if they’re to be believed. In the two most recent examples, President Donald Trump is in a dispute with […]

A LePage reading list for 2018

Give Gov. Paul LePage a break. Sure, his note to a 16-year-old who is concerned about the future of the internet was insensitive. Absolutely, he was tone deaf. And really, who doesn’t sign a personal note with a third-person job title? But the advice, despite the deeply flawed delivery, was sound. As you may recall […]