Category Archives: commentary

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 […]

Responsible Republicans are leading the way

Thank goodness for reasonable Republicans. Tuesday night saw our political environment writ clearly on stages both large and small. Roy Moore, a man accused of what can only be described as heinous actions, lost a Senate seat in Alabama, a state Donald Trump won by 28 points. Meanwhile, back in Maine, Shane Bouchard won the […]

Lessons on regulation, subsidies and taxation

“If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” America seems to approach infrastructure with Ronald Reagan’s famous quote echoing in our minds. Because infrastructure can be complicated. For certain segments of the internet, hue and cry has been raised over some proposed Federal Communications Commission rulemaking. […]