Bright sides and silver linings

In keeping with the Biblical perspective I’ve been applying to this year’s political campaigns, let me start by saying this election has certainly resulted in “the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.” One could go further and begin quoting early chapters of the Book of Revelation, but God knows we’re depressed enough without pondering the […]

How to be really scared this Halloween

As we get older, it gets harder to enjoy Halloween. Neighbors who were delighted to drop treats into your bag when you showed up, at age 8, dressed as Batman, have a very different reaction when you show up in a black mask, at age 38, demanding candy and threatening some unspecified “trick” if the […]

Who will supervise Portland’s super?

Before Portlanders choose between the two candidates for an at-large seat on the school board, they’ll first have to decide which school board they’re talking about. Is it the board that candidate Gene Landry describes, the one that has “a good handle on the budget,” where “everybody’s working as hard as they can” to put […]

Time to end Susan Collins’ confounding ways

The choice in this year’s U.S. Senate race is pretty clear to me. If Republican incumbent Susan Collins wins, civilization will tumble back into the Dark Ages and the world as we know it will be utterly destroyed. So I’ll be voting for Collins’ Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows. I’m talking about global warming and, specifically, […]

Spose, Snowe, Steed, Strim and other stumpers

This week, I’ve resolved to clean out the mental junk drawer and examine the curiosities within, the odd questions that have haunted me off and on over the past few weeks. Starting with… 1. The whole Susan Collins/Spose/Alex Steed/Michaud-campaign-documentary thing. This is a real stumper. On one hand, I find it hard to believe that […]

Who would Jesus vote for?

This year’s voters’ guide in The Bollard asks the question, “Who would Jesus vote for?” It’s not as hard to answer as it seems. When one limits the questions to issues that were relevant in Jesus’ time and sticks to the accounts of his life in the Gospels, the answers are pretty clear. We covered […]