Category Archives: Columns

Newspaper columns, Bangor Daily News

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 […]

How LePage diminished his governorship and abused power

In the midst of an amazing time in American history, featuring Supreme Court cases that promoted inclusion and opportunity, a racist murderer who wanted to start a race war but led to people coming together and the president healing with eloquence and “Amazing Grace,” Mainers learned of political ugliness from Gov. Paul LePage. The governor’s […]

Is Gov. LePage making himself a lame duck?

Five months after beginning his second term, Gov. Paul LePage seems frustrated by the constitutional limits of his office. In a press conference reminiscent of the poetry of Dylan Thomas — “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” — the governor identified the objects of his frustration. Some individuals were named. The governor said […]

One waitress and the coming pitched battle for women’s votes

When candidates speak and elected officials craft policies, they should remember Judy, a waitress and housekeeper who played a bit role in a Washington, D.C., drama. In September 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the Senate floor to rail against the Affordable Care Act. Republicans later shut down the federal government, although Cruz did […]

Dirty tricks in Christie’s administration and divisiveness from LePage

There was a time, not so very long ago, when Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was a frequent visitor to Maine and a top-tier presidential candidate. Within his state, Christie’s job approval has slipped to 35 percent. New Jersey’s bond rating has been downgraded nine times. Nationally and in New Jersey, Christie’s star has […]