Making childcare more affordable doesn’t take a government program

The funny thing about Maine politics is that, for the most part, everyone agrees on the same problems. There are two specific instances of that concept which we are constantly presented with: Maine’s economy, and the need to get younger. The Maine economy is strong right now, in relative terms. Unemployment is low, wages are […]

Sometimes, you need to explain yourself

The world of sports, and the world of politics have many similarities. Winners and losers. Fierce competition. Obsessive, almost cult like, devotion to individual people and teams. Cheering crowds. The biggest similarity, though, is the reliance on the public. A football team is a business enterprise that relies on consumers of their product. In the […]

You know less about your children than you think you do

It is a terrifying time to be a parent. Monday evening, I learned that a student in my oldest son’s middle school had passed away. The next day, media reports stated that the State Police were investigating her death as a possible suicide. The girl, 13 years old, was in seventh grade. My son is […]

What would you do if you had a chance to protect young girls?

I’d like to think I’d be different, though I hope I never find out. I think virtually everyone in this country likes to think they would be different, too. Yet it seems, despite that desire and belief in our own good intentions, truly horrendous things continue to happen in this country that were made possible […]

In campaigns, it’s not all about the money

Last July, I wrote a column that implored you to ignore fundraising reports and polls in the gubernatorial contest. Today is your first test to see whether you listened or not. The end of year filing deadline has come and gone, and the January 2018 reports are now public. We now know who has raised […]

Identity politics has been weaponized

It was an otherwise innocent stroll through Frank Harrison Middle School, where my oldest son goes to school, when my eye caught a display on the wall. It appeared to be a project — specifically a survey — conducted by students in the school on the issue of discrimination. The display had six large sections, […]

I wish you bad luck this year

A short time after Christmas, Wall Street Journal writer Bob Greene caught up with US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and asked him about a commencement speech he gave in June to his son’s ninth grade graduation ceremony at a boarding school in New Hampshire. Setting aside the preposterousness of a ninth grade commencement, Roberts’ […]

The 2017 Conifer Awards

Traditions are wonderful, which is why I am proud to give you my bold predictions each year. That’s why in 2014 I also started handing out the Conifer Awards —- political superlatives for the year that was. And so, as we sit here taking stock of the previous 12 months — both nationally and here at home in Maine […]

18 bold predictions for 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again. Yes, the time of year you all look forward to with ever-growing excitement. I’m speaking, of course, of my annual bold predictions, where I give you, dear reader, a foretelling of the coming year. This has been my gift to you every year since 2011. Last year, I […]