Category Archives: Headlines

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why hasn’t Roy Moore’s support fallen off a cliff?

Roy Moore, the beleaguered US Senate candidate in Alabama, has had a couple of bad weeks. This week, Beverly Young Nelson and her lawyer Gloria Allred — ugh — held a packed news conference where she accused Moore of sexual assault when she was a teenager and he was a 30-year-old prosecutor. This makes five […]

Tuesday’s election was bad for Republicans, but not catastrophic

A rejection of Donald Trump! A rejection of the establishment Republicans! A validation of Obamacare! A harbinger of a coming wave election! Speaker Nancy Pelosi! The revenge of the Democrats! An election that means so much! An election that means nothing! There is no shortage of hot takes about what happened on Tuesday night, almost […]

The devil of the moment in the White House

Looking back, they seem like hazy years that I barely remember. Quaint, almost, in retrospect. I was younger, I actually had hair, and I didn’t really understand everything that I saw. But still, I remember. I’m talking about only a short time ago, though once I stop to think of it, the period began almost […]

Why can’t we ‘do something’ after Las Vegas shooting?

You’ll have to forgive me, because I’m as tired of writing this column as you likely are of reading it. Yet, with a sickening frequency, I inevitably have to write some kind of reaction to an act of mass murder, and try to bring some rational thought to the most emotional of issues. But that […]

Pigskin players have right to protest, but that doesn’t mean they should

I don’t think that athletes and entertainers need to stay silent about issues they care about, nor do I begrudge them using their fame and wealth to advance causes they believe in. That tolerance for their opinions, however, does not mean that I need to celebrate what they say, or the means with which they […]