Articles by Pat LaMarche


No question about Question 1’s payoff

By Pat LaMarche on Oct. 12, 2010, at 7:32 p.m.
Christmas advertisements are already popping up, and Kmart, among others chains, would like you to know that they’ve brought back a holiday standby to help you be a better consumer — layaway.

Young man courageous for documentary about being gay

By Pat LaMarche on Oct. 05, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
Charleston is just a few miles north of Bangor on Route 15. When you come over the hill, you know you’re in Charleston because you can see the old U.S. Air Force base that is now a correctional …

Irony of US execution

By Pat LaMarche on Sept. 28, 2010, at 8:32 p.m.
So far as we know, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still alive. We can’t say the same for Theresa Lewis, who was executed this past week in Virginia. Of course, the point has been made and will …

When unfailing hearts fail

By Pat LaMarche on Sept. 21, 2010, at 7:55 p.m.
I was 21 when my Aunt Martha died. She was my grandmother Mary’s sister. Martha followed Mary to the United States a few years after my grandmother emigrated from Ireland.

Homeless people running for office is commendable

By Pat LaMarche on Sept. 14, 2010, at 7:14 p.m.
The National Weather Service precipitation reports — using information gathered at Los Angeles International Aiport — state that there has been no rainfall in Los Angeles since May. Still, the …

Petraeus versus the bullies

By Pat LaMarche on Sept. 07, 2010, at 7:53 p.m.

American election issues foreseen en masse in India

By Pat LaMarche on Aug. 31, 2010, at 8:17 p.m.
How much do you know about the Republic of India? With nearly 1.2 billion inhabitants it’s the world’s largest democracy. They have four times as many people and about one-third the land mass as …

Big lies, bigger audiences

By Pat LaMarche on Aug. 24, 2010, at 6:42 p.m.
One hundred seventy-five years ago today, on Aug. 25, 1835, The New York Sun began a weeklong front page serial news story detailing “Great Astronomical Discoveries …

Learning a lesson in Jerusalem

By Pat LaMarche on Aug. 17, 2010, at 5:54 p.m.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people …

Clear-cuts, politics of wind power

By Pat LaMarche on Aug. 10, 2010, at 9:05 p.m.
I’m “this close” to filing a missing persons report. Has anyone seen or heard anything from the consistently charming yet enigmatic Mary Adams?

Amazing Grace can save you

By Pat LaMarche on Aug. 03, 2010, at 6:40 p.m.
Dear Angry White Man, I’d like to remind you of a very important interpersonal component without which most relationships could not survive. I am, of course, talking about forgiveness.

Homeless Americans need a break

By Pat LaMarche on July 27, 2010, at 7:19 p.m.
Nancy Pelosi’s kid made a documentary about the homeless in Orange County, Calif. HBO ran the film Monday night. I tried to watch it with an open mind. But that was an uphill battle for many …

Language reveals lack of respect

By Pat LaMarche on July 20, 2010, at 7:29 p.m.
I love my readers. I imagine all writers do. I have a special affection for readers who write to me.

The pursuit of marital happiness

By Pat LaMarche on July 13, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.
I need some help. If you’re good at starting not-for-profit organizations Email me. Oh, and I need a website with a really big donation button. The button needs to take up a lot of space on the Web …

Reach out, touch history through eyewitness account

By Pat LaMarche on July 06, 2010, at 4:55 p.m.
Two years ago I stood before the pyramids in Giza and imagined what it was like to build them. Even more fascinating than the lives of the pharaoh’s are the lives of the ordinary folk …

On soccer and poetic justice

By Pat LaMarche on June 29, 2010, at 7:43 p.m.
According to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, more people play soccer in the United States than in any other country. That means folks officially enrolled in a soccer program, on a team, or playing it at …

Too many think BP should get a pass

By Pat LaMarche on June 22, 2010, at 5:41 p.m.
Seven long weeks ago I wrote my column “Oil Spill or Smiting of the Sea.” I, like you, had no idea that this disaster would still be the most crucial environmental and economic policy issue more …

Luck goes both ways for America

By Pat LaMarche on June 15, 2010, at 7:52 p.m.
Miriam Webster defines luck as “a force that brings good fortune or adversity, the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual, or favoring chance.”

Curbing military suicides

By Pat LaMarche on June 01, 2010, at 6:40 p.m.
I had a lovely Memorial Day. I hope you did, too. I, like you, thought about our veterans, past and present. I thought about how much I love and respect them for the sacrifices they made for me, and …

Laughing it up with Rand Paul and the Tea Party

By Pat LaMarche on May 25, 2010, at 7:37 p.m.
I love to laugh, loud and long and clear. I love to laugh, it’s getting worse every year.” In the case of U.S. politics, it is getting worse every day. You remember that tune from Disney …