Category Archives: Commentary

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 […]

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 […]