About 225 weeks ago I wrote my first column for the Bangor Daily News — with leap years and all, I’ve lost exact count. Molly Ivins used to occupy this Wednesday space and it was an indescribable honor to write 700 words every week that might humbly stand… Read More
    Astrologically speaking, the United States of America is a Cancer. Well, come on, you didn’t need me to tell you that; you just celebrated her birthday on Monday. And if you couldn’t figure out the country’s sign, visualize Nancy Reagan, I’m sure she knows. Remember May… Read More
    I wish I’d been in New York this past weekend. I often feel that way, but in light of Friday’s midnight signing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, that gay pride parade in Manhattan on Sunday must’ve been a blast. Read More
    By blaming the Arizona wildfires on undocumented workers, Sen. John McCain has cashed in his last credibility chip on the political crapshoot he has played ever since he ran for president in 2008.  And honestly — as a huge fan of our honorable fighting men and… Read More
    New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is in treatment and the media’s abuzz about whether or not sex addiction is real. I say, who cares? Not about Weiner — it’s painfully obvious everyone cares about that story. Even me. I’m taking a break from the nut clusters… Read More
    Belated good wishes for a happy Memorial Day. I trust you took a moment to think of the men and women, who throughout the centuries, have fought and died for your freedom. Personally, I’m one of those who believe there was way more fighting and dying than necessary… Read More
    Let’s discuss a hypothetical situation. If you owned a business — let’s say it’s a retail salvage operation and you had locations throughout the state — and I was going to sell you advertising space, would you prefer that advertising be on some newly developed Web… Read More
    This past Wednesday, I went to Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor and a number of people — some I knew and some I’d never met — joined me while we showed off three new mural panels to replace some of the ones taken down… Read More
    I wish I could get over this Gov. Paul LePage business and think about important things. But for the love of lobster it just won’t go away. LePage wanted to take down a labor mural because of the message it sent, but instead he’s taking himself… Read More
    I’ve seen everything now. On Tuesday, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce put on an event at the State House hosted – in part – by welfare recipients and tax evaders.  And in one case the welfare recipients and tax evaders were the same folks. The event… Read More
    I was having trouble deciding what to write about this week. I was torn between the military action in Libya and the shear political ineptitude of Gov. Paul LePage’s retirement double standard. I was leaning toward Libya. I mean, really, what more can be said about an executive… Read More
    From Pythagoras and the ancient Hebrews right up until today there have been folks who believe that numbers have sacred meanings. Sometimes they bode tragedy, sometimes great joy. The minute I saw the magnitude of the Japanese quake last week — 8.9 — I was struck… Read More