Category Archives: Columns

Newspaper columns, Bangor Daily News

What happened in Lewiston was more than a game

To win a game by 1-0 is more than close. To get there at the finish, the players, coaches and crowd must have felt the tension all the way through, even as the young men kicked and passed and aimed and blocked. For the Lewiston High School boys, taking the Maine state soccer championship was […]

A Holocaust heroine who saved 2,500 kids: ‘I did so little’

For the steps she took in the face of Nazi hate and power, she’s been called the “female Schindler.” Most likely you’ve never heard of her, but this weekend you’ll have a remarkable opportunity to learn more. As a young woman, Irena Sendler took real risks to help and save Jews after the Nazis invaded […]

Bipartisanship breaks out over Clean Elections

As the leaves turn and our first snowflakes appear, Maine can pick a rare option at the voting booth. We can embrace a bipartisan effort that furthers the fundamental democratic ideal of having voters’ voices heard, with people in office who will listen to Mainers rather than powerful interests. Voting for Question 1 is a […]

Will the Republicans who would be speaker choose to govern?

John Boehner may have cried publicly more often than most speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he had no tears the day he revealed he would be stepping down from his lofty position and resigning from Congress. Republican dislike for governing got so bad it drove out the sitting speaker, who actually sang […]

With Trumpism, Republicans are reaping what they sowed

Republican pundits have been beside themselves about the rise of Donald Trump. Charles Krauthammer proclaimed that Trump’s candidacy “will damage the [Republican] party” because Trump isn’t a “serious” candidate. George Will said Trump was an “affront” to those focused on “making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable.” Bill Kristol even said that he would support […]

It’s been the summer of Jeb and Donald, Hillary and Bernie

When, a few years ago, Barbara Bush said, “We’ve had enough Bushes in the White House,” perhaps she was expressing a mother’s worry that what’s happening to Jeb Bush right now would happen. After being proclaimed the frontrunner for the Republican nomination and raising a stunning amount of money — $114 million in the first […]

Crushing college costs make the personal political

All around the country, students are packing up and going off to college. Proud parents are remembering moments like when their kids came home from the hospital, ventured off to kindergarten and attended their first school dance. And while the food bill will go down a lot without that teenager and his or her crew […]

LePage’s veto refusal case a big waste of time and money

If there’s anything a Maine summer teaches, it’s not to waste a day one could be doing something fabulous outdoors. Our winters are long, the mud season is vexing and we have to seize the time. Summer must have been special to Shakespeare, too. One of his sonnets asked a beloved, “Shall I compare thee […]

Five reasons why LePage’s impeachment has become more likely

Two weeks ago the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan Government Oversight Committee had not yet voted 12-0 to investigate Gov. Paul LePage’s use of state funds to stop Speaker Mark Eves from working as the president of Good Will-Hinckley. OPEGA, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, will investigate. While it’s far too premature to predict […]