Category Archives: Commentary

It is the most important election of our lives. Or is it?

“We’re nearly one month away from the most important election of our lifetime.” So said Democratic candidate for governor Janet Mills, via email, on Oct. 1. One day prior, 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree sent an email saying, “We’re only a few weeks away from the most important midterm elections in our lifetimes, and the stakes have truly never been higher.” The day before that, […]

Sen. Collins’ Declaration of Courage

“I think that it is high time that we remembered that we have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. I think that it is high time that we remembered that the Constitution, as amended, speaks not only of the freedom of speech but also of trial by jury instead of trial by accusation. “Whether […]

Maine’s pleasantly quiet race for governor

Here’s a fun fact. I live in Maine’s First Congressional District, yet I have not seen a single television ad for the campaigns of Chellie Pingree, Marty Grohman, or Mark Holbrook, the three aspirants to the southern Maine congressional seat. In contrast, I have seen what I can only assume is several thousand ads for […]

We have lost our minds over the Kavanaugh allegations

Let’s just be honest here. Politics has now so infected the entire Brett Kavanaugh nomination debate, that it is virtually impossible for anyone on either side of the debate to listen to anyone else. People have hardened themselves into stone. They’ve turned off their brains. They’ve long since abandoned any intention or interest in leaving […]

The “me too” pendulum swings, but is it too far?

For nearly a year now, we’ve been living in a different era. That era is the “me too” era, where women across this country are standing up and making their voices heard, taking some power back after generations of silent abuse that women all over America have experienced. This is undeniably a good thing. No […]

How (not) to persuade a US senator

Congratulations! You have been told to be outraged about the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and you’ve now taken the logical next step: you wish to lobby a US senator to get them to also be outraged, and vote against him. Naturally, you have questions. Questions that I am only too […]

Is new blood really better than old blood?

Everywhere you look, they’re dropping like flies. Incumbent Democrats are being defeated left and right in primaries, typically losing to young, often diverse, hard core liberal progressives. Democrats want change. They are tired of the old guard, and they want a new guard to replace them. This is a phenomenon very familiar to me, having […]

It is OK to remember John McCain fondly

When I was a freshman in college, I got very involved, and very invested in the upcoming presidential race in 2000. Being a young, politically minded student, forming opinions and wishing to express them, I decided to try out column writing for The Maine Campus, the University of Maine’s student newspaper. It was my first exposure […]

It is time for the Catholic Church to reflect the anger we feel

White hot rage. That’s what I, a fairly devoted Catholic, felt when I read the grand jury report last Tuesday that detailed horrific abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses — Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. The incidents date as far back as 1947, and the grand jury claims that more than 300 members of the […]

We shouldn’t cheer secret recordings in the White House

It is a brave new world out there, ladies and gentlemen, and I don’t think it is a better one. Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on Donald Trump’s old show, “The Apprentice,” who later became a campaign aide and staffer in the West Wing, has dominated the news cycle this week for taping conversations […]