Let students voice their opinions — all of them

If you have permission to do something, does it really qualify as civil disobedience? That’s the question which needs to be asked after Wednesday’s “National School Walkout” concerning gun violence. It doesn’t belittle the cause; after all, both the Tea Party rallies in 2010 and the Women’s March in 2017 were completely appropriate exercises of […]

Ranked-choice voting for governor is exciting — like math!

I really like math. So what does that have to do with Maine politics? Well, it turns out at June’s gubernatorial primary we will vote by ranked choice ballot. That means math. As we sit here today, several Democrats — Sean Faircloth, Jim Boyle, and Patrick Eisenhart — have dropped out of the race for […]

The dietary fiber of infrastructure

For my first column back, there is no limit to the topics we could consider. There is seemingly limitless heated rhetoric on topics — school shootings, intelligence memos, union fees — filling pages both web and print. So what will my “welcome back” column cover? Infrastructure. It’s a bit like dietary fiber: bland and boring. […]

The four-letter word of Medicaid expansion

“Work” isn’t a four-letter word. Well, OK, it is, but not one of those four-letter words. The Trump Administration made national headlines by opening the door to work requirements for individuals enrolling in Medicaid, or, as we know it here, MaineCare. For years, this policy prescription was a lodestar for Gov. Paul LePage and former […]

Patriots and politics

Is there any overlap between sports and politics? The former is a form of entertainment, while the latter deals with matters of public interest. However, they both generate strong feelings among those involved with them, whether directly or indirectly. The past week has seen 2017’s favorite new neologism — “fake news” — infect sports coverage. […]

Signature gatherers interfere with voting

Want to see a bunch of adults get excited about stickers? Wait until Election Day and watch for lapels proudly proclaiming “I Voted!” They joy is remarkable; after all, Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the others that we have tried. One of the greatest developments in the American experiment has been […]

Be a real man, like Paul LePage, in 2018

There’s a problem with men in America. Not all men. Nor are men the problem. But there’s a problem nonetheless. It shows itself in two ways. First, you have individuals like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Russell Simmons — among numerous others — whose behavior was made public in 2017. On the other hand, we […]

A Christmas carol of tax cuts

You can tell how popular a piece of literature is by the number of film adaptations. By that measure, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” ranks high. So which silver screen version is your favorite? Mine is “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Don’t laugh; I was 8 years old when it was released, so it was part […]