Is Shawn Moody stronger than compound interest?

What is the most powerful force in the universe? If you’re a Harry Potter aficionado, you might say “love.” Understandable, as it saved his life from the villain of the series. If you’re a physicist, you’d probably go with the “strong nuclear” force. It holds atoms together, literally creating the material world. Or, if you […]

Calm down and be civil before someone gets killed

I’m worried someone is going to get killed. While that may sound like hyperbole, it is not intended to be. It seems we are reaching a political moment where the American melting pot is in danger of boiling over. It leaves us with one of two options: either the steam builds up and violently erupts, […]

Want to get back at Donald Trump? Simplify the tax code.

You have to give The New York Times credit. Their 13,000-word expose on the inner workings of the Trump family business is fascinating. How much of it is true is a different question. And the boundary between bias and objectivity is unclear; much of the piece uses words with loaded connotations, such as describing certain […]

Money can’t buy love or the Blaine House

Well, Janet Mills is winning. Not necessarily the Blaine House. The limited polling shows a neck-and-neck race, while the lawn sign battle points to a clear Shawn Moody victory. But she is winning the money race. Through this week’s campaign finance reports, the Maine attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor has raised over $1.8 […]

What is in your high school yearbook?

With the circus surrounding the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, questions have arisen about his high school tenure. Set them aside for the moment. As part of the controversy, people have started digging into the high school yearbook of Georgetown Preparatory School, Class of 1983. They have done the same with his accuser, […]

Paying for a specific vote should be a no go

I’ve got an idea. Let’s contact right-leaning individuals across the country and take their credit card number. Have everyone authorize a charge of $20.20, which will only be swiped if, and only if, Sen. Susan Collins votes in favor of Brett Kavanaugh. If she does, all that money will be donated to her campaign — […]

Tribalism is not patriotism

That didn’t last long. John McCain was laid to rest last weekend. Regardless of your opinion on his politics, he was lauded as someone who tried to put the nation’s best interest first. That is why he was eulogized by two former presidents, who each bested him en route to the White House (with supporters […]

Good and bad, our labor history lives with us

It is hard to believe it is already Labor Day. With the traditional end of summer, the political season will soon begin to ramp up. The holiday offers a respite before we plunge into the home stretch of campaigns. The paternity of “Labor Day” as a day off is disputed. Both a Mr. McGuire and […]

Is it the will of the people to penalize marriage?

With all the hoopla occurring this week, two reports released last week have gotten overshadowed.  However, those reports focus on impacts more immediate to Mainers than guilty pleas or Supreme Court justices. They deal with ballot questions, past and present. The first was released by the conservative-leaning Maine Heritage Policy Center. Titled “The Will of […]

We need standards on who can vote. Citizenship is a good one.

Who gets a vote? That simple question belies a complex reality facing a new study group in Portland.   Tuesday night, the Portland City Council decided Mayor Ethan Strimling and Councilor Pious Ali’s proposal to permit non-citizens to vote needed more work. The ACLU was worried about it violating privacy rights, while many Portland voters […]