Columnists

  • Amid darkness, glimmers of light

    It seems futile to add to what has been said over the past week, but also impossible not to speak of it. Protesters are people who want change. Rioters are people who want disruption and destruction. Rioters, at the behest of the President, set out to seize the Capitol and demand the audit of certain

  • New year brings glimmer of hope for better days

    “There just might be something in the air that feels, dare we say it, hopeful,” writes Columnist Jill Goldthwait this week.

    “Sunrise is three minutes later than on the Dec. 21 solstice, but sunset is 14 minutes later, giving us a net gain of 11 minutes of daylight. Speaking of daylight, we are in no way done with COVID, but vaccines? Daylight. The disease is rampant all over the country and it will be a while before we can begin to relax precautions, but there is a glimmer of hope that we are headed toward better days. In the meantime, we know how to do this, right?”

  • Brexit blues

    “There is a lesson here for Americans,”writes Columnist Marvin Ott this week. “Brexit is the product of inept government and a populace animated by illusions, division and diminished self-confidence. None of this was necessary or inevitable; it is a self-inflicted wound.”

  • Good riddance, 2020

    “We should never pay people not to work,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. President Donald Trump himself called it a “disincentive to work.” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) said many in his caucus agree.

    And they are right! We know this to be true because look at Congress. Members are paid $174,000 a year, and do they work? No, they do not! Take away that $174,000 and you’ll see them up off their duffs, working like fiends! 

  • Biden’s damaged inheritance

    When President Biden takes the oath of office, he will confront a daunting foreign policy agenda — much of it dictated by the need to repair the wreckage left behind by Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the current White House is doing everything it can to further poison the well between now and Jan. 20. We know

  • The perks of majority rule

    The 130th Maine Legislature cobbled itself together on Dec. 2 to sort out the organizational duties necessary to convene for real. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc with the customary chamber meetings, committee meetings and public participation. It’s all hands on deck to figure out how to make it work. Pandemic notwithstanding, step one in the process

  • New world

    The most urgent and immediate issues facing the President-elect will be domestic — including efforts by a raging, demented Donald Trump to destroy anything and everything that comes after him. [Mainers may be interested to learn that Roger Stone, longtime political confidant of Trump, announced on TV that he had “absolute incontrovertible evidence” that the

  • An American tragedy in the making

    With an election unmatched for turnout despite the pandemic and a brilliant performance by poll workers of every political stripe, we can give thanks that our electoral system held together. Same goes for the courts, which have cut through the onslaught of election claims and counterclaims with clarity and efficiency.  Yet as the media competes

  • The men who would destroy America

    We are living in dangerous and unprecedented times. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney captured the moment as well as anyone: “Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of

  • Legislature grinds into first gear

    The machinery of the state Legislature is grinding into gear, with all the clanks and groans attendant after sitting idle for seven months. It adjourned in a pandemic rush last March, hurrying to get essential business done and leaving everything else for another day. Republicans criticized House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon for