Category Archives: Column

What Zinke should learn from his visit to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a congressional hearing that he was looking forward to canoeing during his trip to Maine this week, as part of his review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Like millions of future visitors to Maine’s newest attraction, Zinke is about to learn why Maine’s outdoor heritage has captured […]

LePage channels his inner Castro on prisoner release

When Fidel Castro wanted to poke a stick in the eye of the United States, he released prisoners from Cuban jails and allowed them to join a mass exodus of immigrants coming to America. When Paul LePage wanted to poke a stick in the eye of the Maine Legislature, he freed thieves and burglars from […]

Portland needs a strong mayor

In 2010, Portland voters were asked whether they wanted an elected mayor. Voters said yes — they wanted a chief executive accountable to voters. But so far, that’s not what we’ve gotten. Right now, the most powerful person in Portland government is the city manager, Jon Jennings. The city manager is not elected and not […]

Maine press needs to make truth louder than LePage lies

Gov. Paul LePage has been an unmitigated disaster for Maine. After six years of alleged “conservative” management, our state is still one of the worst in the nation for doing business, and our struggling economy continues to cause our children to flee for better opportunities elsewhere. As we stare down the final year-and-a-half of his […]