Articles by Pat LaMarche


Buckles, not Boehner, deserves place in Washington

By Pat LaMarche on March 08, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
Frank Buckles passed away last week at 110 years of age. One hundred and ten years is a pretty long time to be alive. That means he wasn’t just a World War I vet — but he’s so old he was born shortly after the Spanish American War ended.    Buckles …

Preparing for International Women’s Day

By Pat LaMarche on March 01, 2011, at 7:01 p.m.
I’m working on my celebrations for March 8 and I hope you are too. No it’s not just Mardi Gras I’m celebrating; Tuesday is International Women’s Day. And it’s not just any International Women’s Day, it’s the 100th anniversary. So drop what you’re doing and start making plans. After all, …

How to show solidarity with Wisconsin’s governor

By Pat LaMarche on Feb. 22, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
I’m certain that supporters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would not want to be hypocrites. After all, isn’t that why they support the United States’ least educated governor? Because he’s a straight-talking, shoot from the hip kind of guy who says he’ll do something and then does it. Unless you …

LePage offers model for image of a Palin presidency

By Pat LaMarche on Feb. 15, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
Did reality star Sarah Palin move one step closer to running for wolf-hunter-in-chief this week when she hired a chief of staff for her potential presidential campaign? Are polar bears drowning within eyeshot of the mama grizzly’s Alaskan porch? CNN reported Feb. 11 that Palin hired veteran politico Michael Glassner …

Political payments explained

By Pat LaMarche on Feb. 08, 2011, at 8:04 p.m.
This week, I was copied on an e-mail that a faithful BDN reader sent to about 20 people. A number of the co-recipients were prominent Maine politicians, and several of the other names appeared to be his family. Here’s part of what he wrote, “I just noted the Federal Election …

In Egypt, a hope for equality

By Pat LaMarche on Feb. 01, 2011, at 9:56 p.m.
In Tampa the other day, I met an East German named Friedman. I was making a stop on my “Southern (Dis)comfort” tour. It’s a trip around the Southeast talking about homelessness and visiting shelters, soup kitchens and inner-city schools. Our discussion of the poor led to the events taking shape …

LePage’s words lack civility, good political sense

By Pat LaMarche on Jan. 18, 2011, at 6:13 p.m.
I was just searching the Bangor Daily News to see if anyone has taken Gov. Paul LePage up on his offer to have folks kiss his butt. It appears that no one has, but they sure have lined up to kick it.

Tragedy, not futile wars, highlights our violent nature

By Pat LaMarche on Jan. 11, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
Vice President Joe Biden has gone to Afghanistan. If you ask me that’s a good start. If we just sent the entire Congress it would be even better.

Living longer, paying less should please everyone

By Pat LaMarche on Jan. 04, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
The winds of change are upon us. This week, Republican majorities are being sworn in where they haven’t existed in a while. In Maine, the Legislature has been led by the Democrats for a wicked long …

Those who know pain generous

By Pat LaMarche on Dec. 28, 2010, at 6:04 p.m.
Each year, for my final column of the year, I pay tribute to the truly decent folk who’ve caught my eye, even though few others know the extent of their goodness.

Just a few days left to help a stranger

By Pat LaMarche on Dec. 21, 2010, at 7:40 p.m.
Lately I’ve spent an awful lot of time in church. See, as a woman who runs a homeless shelter, I’ve been invited nearly every Sunday for the last two months to different worship services to …

In Afghanistan or W. Virginia, outrageous is outrageous

By Pat LaMarche on Dec. 14, 2010, at 5:58 p.m.
This month, Smithsonian magazine features an article about an Afghan archaeologist searching the Bamiyan ruins for what he calls the third Buddha.

Obama’s tax compromise evokes Charles Dickens

By Pat LaMarche on Dec. 07, 2010, at 6:01 p.m.
Tax reform was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by Olympia Snowe, Mitch McConnell, the “bipartisanship” undertaker, and alleged …

WikiLeaks turnabout is fair play

By Pat LaMarche on Nov. 30, 2010, at 6:47 p.m.
How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! I had so much fun, I think I got my sense of humor back.

Why pope OKs condoms

By Pat LaMarche on Nov. 23, 2010, at 6:01 p.m.
I know a grandmother who says that if men could have babies, “universal access to birth control wouldn’t just exist; it would be a consecrated rite.”

First stop for clean elections

By Pat LaMarche on Nov. 16, 2010, at 5:52 p.m.
Two events are scheduled tomorrow to mark the 10th anniversary of Maine’s allegedly clean elections. First of all, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Maine Historical Society Lecture Hall on Congress …

Only fools would reward Pelosi’s weakness with power

By Pat LaMarche on Nov. 09, 2010, at 10:14 p.m.
Nancy Pelosi would like to be the new minority leader in the 112th Congress. If any of the ragtag remainders of what used to be the Democratic Party’s congressional majority want help deciding …

Democrats have rhetoric but no goals

By Pat LaMarche on Nov. 02, 2010, at 6:16 p.m.
I think I’m angry. I’m not sure of the emotion because I’ve tried for years not to get mad. See, anger is useless and uses up most, if not all, of the energy needed to correct the problem …

Scary election year nationwide is less fearsome at home

By Pat LaMarche on Oct. 26, 2010, at 7:23 p.m.
I got a call Sunday night from some of my friends in Monroe who informed me that they were about to put signs on their lawn for the governor’s race. Seems they’d thought long and hard before …

Learning from our history

By Pat LaMarche on Oct. 19, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.
Today we’re having a history test. History is the backdrop onto which all of our current events are placed and without that framework there’s absolutely no perspective with which to judge our …