Category Archives: Column

To recall, or not to recall, that is the question

After months of controversy, residents of Scarborough voted Tuesday — by a wide margin — to recall three members of its school board. Ejected were members Donna Beely, Cari Lyford and Jodi Shea. For those unaware of the insurrection that had been brewing in the town, the reason for the recall basically came down to […]

Why I had a problem with the John Williams photo

John Williams is an accused cop-killer. The police believe, with a great deal of very credible evidence, that Williams is responsible for the shooting death of Cpl. Eugene Cole, after a confrontation in Norridgewock. After days in hiding, he was apprehended alive and a photo of his arrest was released. It showed an emaciated Williams on […]

The shocking, horrifying case of Alfie Evans

If you haven’t been reading about the case of Alfie Evans in Great Britain, you have missed a truly horrifying story. Alfie’s story shares a lot in common with the story of Charlie Gard — also of Great Britain — who was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, an incredibly rare disorder that typically causes infant […]

We must deny the urge to ruin each other

Mayor Nick Isgro of Waterville is 36 years old, married, and has five children. By all accounts he is intelligent, respectful and concerned about his community. He is also now, apparently, unemployed. The mayor of Waterville is not a full time position, and so Isgro actually earns his living in private employment. It is this […]

Is this really how we want to do elections?

Well, the legal battles over ranked-choice voting have already gotten absurdly messy and confusing, and the system hasn’t even been used in an actual election yet. Just wait until the loser ends up miraculously becoming a winner in an election. That should be fun. In the last week a lot has happened, and to fully […]

What Roseanne can teach us

Roseanne Barr is back again, this time with a reboot of her iconic, eponymous television show “Roseanne.” It is 2018, so everything that has ever held any kind of cultural significance is being rebooted in a desperate attempt to cash in on the ever growing nostalgia industry. Unlike most reboots, though, Roseanne’s is worthy of the […]

Privacy, politics and Facebook data

The year was 2008, and the country was in the midst of a presidential election that would eventually hand the White House to Barack Obama. One area of that campaign in particular — Obama’s use of digital campaigning — seemed to gain more attention in political circles than others. He spent more money on it. […]

A third way on net neutrality?

This fall, my son decided to participate in the speech and debate club at his school, his father beaming with pride. To help encourage him, I also volunteered as a judge. Throughout the year, I had a neat opportunity to watch kids from area schools construct arguments for and against topics, and watch how they […]

A letter to my newest daughter

A little over three years ago, I unknowingly started a tradition of writing letters to my children as they arrived in this world. First was your older brother, Owen. Next came your sister, Aimée. Now it is your turn. You’ll find that your father is kind of like this. He is a sentimental creature. It […]