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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 […]

Four things Paul LePage and Donald Trump have in common

Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican presidential nomination polls has been swift and possibly short-lived. Then again, comments on my Republican friends’ Facebook pages suggest Trump has a real constituency in the GOP. Those commenters suggest that Trump is not afraid of the media or the Establishment. They like his intensity. Sure, those remarks are […]

You don’t have to be Jewish to love this awesome Passover Rube Goldberg machine

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Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday. With the Seder and its emphasis on story-telling and passing along and explaining the rituals, singing, a role for children and a big holiday meal, what’s not to like? Passover is a liberation story, with a sometimes reluctant leader (Moses), miracles (by God), a villain (the Pharaoh), and an […]

These three images show why aging Maine desperately needs diversity


Maine, the whitest state in the nation, is aging. We have to turn that around. Maine needs younger people to maintain and improve our economy. We’ve heard that for awhile. A new article by Scott Thistle notes another aspect of the situation — the shrinking number of 18-34 year olds in Maine. Three images show that […]

Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

Where We Came From, State by State, by Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff and Kevin Quealy, August 14, 2014, New York Times

Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and high portion (81-78%) of the […]

In polarized times, who do we politically despise?

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In the song “National Brotherhood Week” Tom Lehrer rhapsodized, “It’s fun to eulogize those we despise.” “All of my folks hate all of your folks. It’s American as apple pie.” A new, extensive Pew study on political polarization shows that reality is getting closer to that poetic license. Polarization is increasing all around. But one finding […]

New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled Senate passed Medicaid expansion today


After getting together in multiple meetings to negotiate, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Granite State agreed on a compromise to expand Medicaid. Today the Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill, 18-5. New Hampshire’s Democratic governor backs it, and the Democratic-controlled House is also seen as likely to support it. Thus Medicaid expansion is effectively a […]