State of Maine

  • Time to abolish the concept draft

    Welcome to a legislative rabbit hole — the concept draft. It is a way of submitting legislation that is much abused, though it had merit as originally designed. What if this newspaper’s editor accepted “concept columns”? Title: “Concept Drafts.” Column, in its entirety: “Concept drafts may be good or bad.” It states a point of

  • Time to abolish the concept draft

    Welcome to a legislative rabbit hole — the concept draft. It is a way of submitting legislation that is much abused, though it had merit as originally designed. What if this newspaper’s editor accepted “concept columns”? Title: “Concept Drafts.” Column, in its entirety: “Concept drafts may be good or bad.” It states a point of

  • When will this emergency end?

    Four days before the first anniversary of Governor Janet Mills’ first COVID emergency proclamation, the Maine Senate defeated a legislative attempt to “terminate the state of emergency first proclaimed by Governor Janet T. Mills on March 15, 2020.” The resolution that would have ended the Governor’s emergency authority was introduced by Sen. Rick Bennett of

  • The cost of conscience

    Margaret Chase Smith, we don’t need no stinkin’ declaration of conscience! As the chairman of a Republican Party committee in Pennsylvania said of Sen. Pat Toomey, “We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing … We sent him there to represent us.”

  • The virus of disrespect is still raging too

    Governor Janet Mills issued her first executive order on Jan. 3, 2019, the day after she was inaugurated. It was “An Order to Require the Expeditious Implementation of the MaineCare Expansion.” That order is typical of the “first 100 days,” “let’s get to it” stuff of which politics is made. The Governor campaigned on the

  • D.C. dysfunction is spreading north

    So much for “Dirigo.” Instead of demonstrating how a legislative body can function well despite deep philosophical differences, it seems the Maine Legislature is striving to become Washington, D.C.’s mini-me.  The usual partisan huffing and puffing takes on a more ominous tone in the aftermath of the debacle at the U.S. Capitol, and draws out

  • 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?”

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