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.

Diane Russell’s PAC problem

Liberal Democrats are understandably frustrated. They want to like this high-profile female politician who shares most, if not all, of their progressive views. She’s been in government for many years and is now seeking an even higher office. The last thing these liberals want is for a Republican to win that seat, so they’re loathe […]

Did we just murder 150 Somali youth?

While Mainers who claim to have a functioning moral compass express horror and outrage over the shenanigans of Donald Trump, the current occupant of the White House is free to commit atrocities without a peep of protest from his liberal supporters or his conservative critics. Consider this column my “peep.” Last weekend, our government slaughtered […]

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 […]