Articles by Alex Steed


Missed Connections: Scooter Riding Vigilante (Garment District)

on July 20, 2017, at 4:47 p.m.
Donald Trump Jr. (L) talks with his father, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio U.S. July 20, 2016.

Turns out, being an amateur isn’t the best qualification to lead a nation

By Alex Steed on July 14, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The Trump administration can’t even get lying straight. How will they manage any true test of governance?

Interview: Jean Grae and John Hodgman are both Felix Ungers

on July 05, 2017, at 11:38 a.m.
President Donald Trump checks hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

What would Jesus think of the bullies in the Blaine House and White House?

By Alex Steed on June 30, 2017, at 7:48 a.m.
How in good faith can we tell children not to be bullies when they realize doing so has been an effective pathway to the Blaine House, and most recently to the White House?
Sen. Angus King

Spending time with youth leaders inspires and restores hope

By Alex Steed on June 16, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
The kids, it turns out, are totally alright and worth investing in. And remember that they thrive when offered an environment that is free from judgment, which is not necessarily a luxury we always give them.

Old Port Festival Instagram Shenanigans 2017

on June 12, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.

On Manchester

on May 23, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.

A few quick notes on writing for a paper

on May 19, 2017, at 2 p.m.
President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he addresses the graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy during commencement ceremonies in New London, Connecticut, May 17, 2017.

Donald Trump: The most fragile snowflake of all

By Alex Steed on May 19, 2017, at 7:07 a.m.
That he sees questions of accountability as personal attack colors him as what he is — a fragile authoritarian.

Rest well, Chris Cornell

on May 18, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.

Amid Maine’s opioid epidemic, this Portland bar is calling itself ‘Opium’

on May 09, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
There is still time to think up something good.
Adam Yauch, center, performs with the Beastie Boys.

5 years after his death, Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch’s influence remains

By Alex Steed on May 05, 2017, at 8:25 a.m.
There are few others who have emerged in the past three decades who embrace and advocate for love for art, humanity and irreverence as wholly and humbly as he did.
Members of the Knack Factory team shot a video of Staff Sgt. Travis Mills last week.

The big life lessons I learned from Travis Mills

By Alex Steed on April 07, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
It takes a good deal of discipline and hard work to turn these reminders into a healthier approach to how we live. In the meantime, though, I’m grateful for — and I look forward to acting on — the sizable reality check I received this week.
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

By Alex Steed on March 23, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.

Snow Day State of Mind [Things to Do]

on March 14, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.

Sessions lied and the GOP thinks you’re stupid

on March 02, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
Supporters hold signs during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta, Jan. 21, 2017. The national rally was in support of women's rights, civil liberties and protection of the planet.

How we can best resist the Trump administration

By Alex Steed on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
I am heartened to see so much action taking place across the state, as well as across the nation, in response to what strikes me as an unhinged Trump administration.
A man mourns during a funeral ceremony for three of the victims of the deadly shooting of the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre at the Congress Center in Quebec City on Feb. 3.

5 egregious news items from the past week that threaten the values we hold dear

By Alex Steed on Feb. 10, 2017, at 8:01 p.m.
Behold! An incomplete (there isn’t enough space in the whole of a newspaper) overview of some of the more egregious things that have happened since we were last in touch.
Jane McLaughlin, of South Portland, stands on a stoop during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta Saturday.

LePage’s tenure has been a 6-year preview of life under Trump

By Alex Steed on Jan. 27, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
Don’t keep waiting for Trump to do something so outrageous people will wake up. They won’t.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York.

Opposing Trump is the logical extension of being a patriot

By Alex Steed on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
We have to remember that we are not alone. Opposition to Trump stands outside of political identification; it is the logical extension of being a patriot.