Category Archives: Commentary

For state government, it’s time to end “citizen surgery”

Surgeons make good livings. They drive nice cars and live in nice houses. As an American, I believe anyone should be able to become a surgeon. But just because anyone should be able to become a surgeon, I don’t think everyone should actually be allowed to perform surgery without the proper education and experience. I […]

Wanted: Press secretary for hazardous duty

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage’s office announced the imminent resignation of Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett after six years on the job. Replacing Bennett will not be easy — after all, how many amateur rappers with a background in television reporting are there in the Greater Waterville area? As the administration begins the search, I’ve drafted […]

House GOP shuts down government to please their Dear Leader LePage

The State House is engulfed in tumult as the failure to pass a budget has resulted in a state shutdown for the first time since 1991. Sixty House Republicans have taken government hostage through a series of last-minute and erratic demands, and as the drama unfolds it’s getting harder and harder to understand their motivation […]

Maine needs leadership, not acrimony, to pass a budget

If this latest budget/shutdown fiasco teaches us anything, it’s that Maine’s way of running state government is broken. And this year’s budget situation, though closer to the precipice of shutdown than normal, is not really much different than in previous years since Gov. Paul LePage took office. LePage’s budget approach disregards the key component of […]

House Republicans join LePage in push for shutdown

Imagine this for a moment — liberal activists push a “tax the rich to fund education” referendum and win narrowly, making Maine’s top tax rate the highest in the nation. But a united Republican Party, with the state’s economy and best interests in mind, rolls back the tax increase completely and still finds a way […]

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 […]