Tag Archives: President Trump

Political actions give permission to haters

The hatred and bigotry on display in Charlottesville and its aftermath are shocking to the system and, for most people, they create a straightforward choice between right and wrong. White supremacy, Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan are wrong. Theirs is an ideology built upon hatred and destruction. There are no “fine people” marching with swastikas; […]

LePage pens love letter to President Trump

Gov. Paul LePage may, in fact, run against Sen. Angus King in 2018. I doubt it. But let’s call it a big maybe. That said, his latest outbursts – against King, against Sen. Susan Collins – aren’t about that race. They’re about kissing up to President Donald Trump. LePage “wrote” an OpEd for the Wall […]

Government secrecy destroys even the best ideas

Earlier this year, The Washington Post added a new slogan to its flag: “Democracy dies in darkness.” It’s an expression that the paper, and one of its most famous journalists, Bob Woodward, started using regularly during the campaign for the presidency last year. The sentiment has been mocked and there’s been speculation that it was […]

Hotheads, hot mics and duels: Is there hope for the Republic?

With health care hanging in the balance for millions of people, including 117,000 Mainers, earlier this week we were treated to the musings of a Texas blowhard named Blake Farenthold. Farenthold is a member of Congress from Corpus Christi. He’s a lawyer and talk radio host. He’s been accused of sexual harassment by a member […]

If elections don’t matter, can we reconsider a few others?

Augusta politicians have decided that they know better than the voters. As the Maine Public headline says, “All Voter-Approved Initiatives From 2016 Ballot in Flux in the Legislature.” Since the Legislature – and particularly Republican leaders – and the governor so comfortably ignore the outcome of elections, I’d like to suggest a few others that […]

Maine national monument built on public outreach

The gym at Schenck High School in East Millinocket was full. There were two tables for participants. A moderator from the Bangor Daily News. TV cameras. Reporters. Signs and stickers. And a big crowd. It was two years ago this month on June 18, and it was just one of literally hundreds of events – […]

LePage tries to steal your land

Not content with taking food away from hungry kids or health care away from the sick and the elderly, Gov. Paul LePage has now set his sights on taking public lands away from everyone. LePage will travel next week to Washington, D.C., to testify at a kangaroo court of a hearing before the US House […]