All posts by Chris Busby

Chris Busby

About Chris Busby

Chris Busby is editor and publisher of The Bollard, a monthly magazine about Portland. He writes a weekly column for the BDN.

New details shed disturbing light on Largay case

As each new piece of the puzzle is put in place, the picture that emerges of the mysterious disappearance and death of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Geraldine “Gerry “ Largay appears more tragic — and more scandalous. Largay disappeared on July 22, 2013, while hiking a section of the A.T. in Redington Township that borders one […]

LePage’s racist remark is typical of the drug war

Gov. Paul LePage’s racist remark last week about out-of-state drug dealers with hip-hop nicknames impregnating “young, white girl[s]” in Maine was neither an innocent “slip-up,” as he later contended, nor was it unprecedented. Authorities have been raising the specter of drug-crazed minorities seducing white women since the dawn of the War on Drugs nearly a […]

‘I’m not a racist, but I play one on Facebook’

I’m not sure which group worries me more: ignorant people who espouse racist views or the mobs that form on Facebook to condemn them. Ultimately, it’s the combination of the two that’s the real problem. A couple days before Christmas, Samuel James, the renowned bluesman and storyteller (who also writes a column about racism for […]

Tales of two Barrys: Crimmins and Crash

When I heard that legendary stand-up comic and activist Barry Crimmins is coming to town, my first thought was of another Barry: Crash. I assume the F.B.I. and the N.S.A. also made the connection, thinking, “Boy, if we can get those two radicals in the same room and spy on both at the same time, […]

BIW workers forced to feed CEO’s greed

Last Sunday, members of Local S6, the machinists union that represents about 3,000 workers at Bath Iron Works, filed into the Augusta Civic Center to vote on a new four-year contract. Though the union’s current contract was not set to expire until next May, executives at BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, pushed to review […]

Largay case inspires “SERE-ial”

In early October, I prepared to drive to Tennessee to bury a body in the woods. My father, who passed away the previous fall, spent his last years in a small town outside Knoxville and loved to hike in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. In lieu of a funeral, his wish was to have […]

The inaugural speech Ethan Strimling should make

Next Monday night, freshly minted Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling will celebrate his inauguration and deliver his first mayoral address at the Ocean Gateway ferry terminal on the eastern waterfront. I know Ethan’s been busy lately, so I figured I’d help by ghostwriting a speech for him to deliver: “Welcome fellow Portlanders and honored developers and […]