Maine is a wonderful place to live or to visit, as many residents and tourists will agree. It is famous for lighthouses, lobsters, boat races and yard sales, among other attractions, but there’s another aspect that almost always goes unnoticed because it occurs away from most populated areas…

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.”

This is the Maine legislature’s busy season, and with more than a 1000 bills to be heard, those who represent the state’s citizens are busier than ever, which, in turn, makes it difficult for ordinary folks to keep up with important issues.

“Get the Lead Out" no longer means just "Get a Move On." It is also an important directive to maintain and preserve good health, for both human and animal, not to mention the environment in general. That’s why you won’t find lead in canned goods, something that would have been news to Sir Jo…

The title of this piece does not refer to Mrs. Blitz’s son Bill. In fact, so far as I know, there is no such person as Bill Blitz. The reference is to legislative bills and blitz is short for ‘blitzkrieg”, a term that came into use in the early years of WWII and is German for ‘lightning war”…

Note: This is the second part of a two-part article. If you missed part one, it can be found here http://portlandphoenix.me/columns/item/6408-the-view-from-here-what-s-a-captured-agency

The recent arrival of snow – dusting and storm alike – are unmistakable signs of winter’s advent. One result is that people everywhere tend to band together a little bit more, knowing that while there may not be peace on earth, home at least can be a place of security and reassurance. While …

This column transitioned from a blog called The View From Here, which, after more than sixty postings over nearly a year and a half, was discontinued by the Bangor Daily News on October 11, 2016.  No reason or advance notice was given, other than that the newspaper had been reviewing its net…