Articles by David Farmer


When thoughts and prayers are about hate, not healing

on June 15, 2016, at 8:52 a.m.
Despite enormous gains in efforts to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination, there has also been a dangerous backlash.

In California, the system shields a predator while putting his victim on trial

on June 08, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
David Farmer: She was sexually assaulted by a man, then betrayed by a criminal justice system that diminished the crime against her.

LePage, Poliquin go out of their way to support discrimination

on June 01, 2016, at 6:02 a.m.
In the same week Gov. LePage decided to pick on vulnerable kids in other states, Rep. Bruce Poliquin also got tangled up in discrimination.

With Trump and LePage, finding the truth through a demagogue’s haze

on May 25, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Asserting the facts isn’t pro-Clinton, pro-Democrat, anti-LePage or anti-Trump. It’s pro-truth.

Republicans face harsh judgment of history as they fall in line with Trump

on May 18, 2016, at 6:03 a.m.
They could be Jimmy Stewart, the earnest hero in the classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Instead, they’re preaching unity and falling into line behind Donald Trump.

LePage isn’t immune to the truth

on May 11, 2016, at 6:02 a.m.
In addition to being immune to Mark Eves’ lawsuit, it seems the governor also thinks he’s immune to the truth.

Chances are, you’re being recorded at the State House. It should stay that way.

on May 04, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
At the State House, there has never been an expectation of privacy, at least not for the functions and operations of government.

LePage’s message for addicted Mainers, newcomers: Good riddance

on April 25, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s callousness is unbefitting a person who has an obligation to protect the health and safety of the people living in Maine.

Don’t fall for a minimum wage hike from those who thwarted past raises

on April 20, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
This latest legislative effort to raise Maine’s minimum wage, cloaked as compromise, is actually an effort to create confusion and divide voters.

Proof is in the numbers: LePage is failing poor children

on April 11, 2016, at 6:05 a.m.
The LePage administration didn’t invent poverty. But its policies aren’t helping kids to escape its grasp, either.

An attack on LGBT Mainers is lurking in the shadows

on April 06, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
Zealot Michael Heath is on the verge of launching a ballot initiative attacking gay and transgender people in the state — again.

LePage’s one good idea — and the mistakes that might derail it

on March 30, 2016, at 8:11 a.m.
The governor’s erratic behavior and bombastic attitude make it difficult to discern serious policy ideas from political bluster.

No more excuses: Rural Maine needs state investment

on March 23, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
Instead of tax giveaways to the wealthy, we should be investing in our people and in our communities.

LePage follows Trump’s path toward violence

on March 16, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
LePage loves a fight. This time, he wants someone else to fight it for him.

Friends were made, ballots counted. Ditch the caucus anyway.

on March 09, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
The smoothest caucus badly limited participation. Maine’s caucuses make it too hard to vote.

LePage misses his ‘Declaration of Conscience,’ sides with the demagogue

on March 02, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
LePage, a flawed messenger for unity if ever there was one, did a mighty flip-flop. He called for Republican governors to disavow the candidacy of Donald Trump, then endorsed him less than a week later.

Misplaced focus lets biggest criminals slip away

on Feb. 24, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
The state might be getting better at finding the few bad individuals who game the system, but the offenders who cost taxpayers the most money appear to be slipping away.

No single way to reverse middle Maine’s decline — but the first step is easy

on Feb. 17, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
More Mainers in the middle — middle age, middle income — are dying. There’s no single way to change course, but the first step is a simple one.

The warped reality of LePage and Trump

on Feb. 10, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
Paul LePage and Donald Trump aren’t leaders. They’re three rows deep in the lynch mob, egging the crowd on. They give voice to society’s ugliest ideas, for political gain or for sport.

Bug zappers atop the border wall? The politics of the next world health emergency

on Feb. 03, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
The threat of Ebola has subsided. But it won’t be long before Zika takes its place as the new bogeyman to justify xenophobia and strike fear into voters.