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Politics & Other Mistakes: Me and Paul(0)

January 16, 2017

I like Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s new budget. Really. No, I haven’t lost my mind, although that remains a possible excuse for future columns. And my newfound respect for LePage’s fiscal prowess isn’t the result of bad drugs, because the doctor assured me any side effects wouldn’t alter my political philosophy. I’m as clear-headed as […]

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Collins’ vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

Senator Susan Collins is supposed to be the advocate and servant of her constituents but instead she is marching to the orders of the extremists in her party. By voting to set in motion the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without anything to replace it she is going back on her public pledge not […]

The Countryman: Good guys, bad guys

Trying to reconcile the political and the personal, columnist George Will wrote that Bill Clinton was not the worst president we have had, but that he was the worst person to have been president. Historians will make careers of parsing Will’s sentence. And, Clinton has lots of competitors. Andrew Jackson and Warren G. Harding come […]

Politics & Other Mistakes: The pleasure and the greed

I’ve got this great idea for a new law. It would be titled “An Act To Give Free Beer To Al Diamon For The Rest Of His Life.” If this bill got approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, I could walk into any bar in the state and drink as many brewskis […]


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