Attack ads just a preview of nastiness to come

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan may play the part of the earnest Boy Scout on TV, but when it comes to real life he falls far short, particularly when it comes to telling the truth. Last week, Ryan’s super-PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, let loose with a misleading attack ad aimed on Democrat Jared […]

Alarm bells are sounding over treatment of vulnerable people. Can we hear them?

Locked away. Out of sight. Out of mind. Out of luck. Kids are left in prison because there’s no place else for them to go. Men with autism are living in hospital emergency rooms, no other bed to be had. A child is locked up, gets sick and never gets better. It’s like a living […]

Happy birthday to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will celebrate its second birthday with a hootenanny this weekend. And there is plenty to celebrate. After two years of needless delay, highway signs pointing the way to the monument are finally going up and thousands of people are visiting. About 8,000 people have visited so far this year, the […]

If Republicans won’t stand up to attacks on the press, it’s up to voters

President Donald Trump and his administration didn’t invent attacks on the free press, but they have taken them to incredible and dangerous new levels. This week, newspapers across the country are answering a call from the Boston Globe for a coordinated response to end the “slander of ‘fake news’” and the ongoing “incitement against the […]

Maine economy will suffer unless we attract more people

In a now-deleted Facebook video first covered by the Bangor Daily News last week, Gov. Paul LePage said a number of controversial things. The item that gained the most attention was remarks that he intended to call on Attorney General Janet Mills to resign. A prediction that came true on Tuesday. But the video contained […]

LePage says he will call on AG Mills to resign

In a rambling, 15-minute speech at an event Tuesday for a Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, Gov. Paul LePage renewed his ongoing feud with Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, attacked rank-and-file Republicans, warned that there are troubling signs for the state’s economy and touched on a range of other topics. Pre-empting news […]

LePage refuses to follow the law — again

When it comes to ignoring the law, Gov. Paul LePage is a habitual offender. Throughout his nearly eight years in office, the governor has shown an unusual willingness to break state law, disregard the Maine Constitution, violate his oath of office and toss aside the norms of government. In addition to having to defend his […]

Evidence for public lands right in front of our eyes

It’s not often that I can write a column thanking the Trump administration, but this week is the exception. Breaking news out of the US Department of Interior has given me the chance to return to my school years and write about what I did on my summer vacation. For that, I say thank you. […]

Supreme Court hope rests on a Republican not acting like a Republican

Religious conservatives have stuck with President Donald Trump – despite the lies, the infidelity, the cruelty, the hate – and now they are close to the payback. On Monday night, Trump announced that he is nominating US Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. And immediately landmark rulings that protect […]