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 […]
Allow your property to fall into disrepair, then use its sorry condition as the excuse for a mass eviction or redevelopment.
Property values and real estate development in South Portland have been on the rise this decade, providing more tax money for a city government that’s now crying poor.
A local example of how Wall Street fat cats are screwing over poor and middle-class Americans.
Why is Portland’s mayor peddling the same old lie that a publicly owned property on the Maine State Pier is “desperately underutilized?”
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 […]
Last month I took the liberty of writing a speech for newly elected Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling to deliver at his inauguration. In the interest of full disclosure I should note that when I said the mayor-elect was too busy to write his first mayoral address, I was being facetious — I didn’t really think […]
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 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 […]
It’s that time of year again, the season of retrospectives and predictions, when journalists, struggling to come up with copy during a slow holiday news week, write about stuff that already happened and other stuff that never will. Here’s my list of predictions for 2016. 1. The new trend in Portland’s drinking scene is bars […]