I had planned to break my long writing hiatus with some thoughts about the Maine Legislative session that finally came to a close on August 2, roughly 6 weeks behind schedule. But that will have to wait again, because of what happened Saturday, in Charlottesville, Virginia, when white nationalists, white supremacists, Nazis, and other racists […]
Yesterday, as I have almost every year since the mid-80’s, I had the privilege of moderating the annual town meeting in the place where I live, Leeds, Maine. This exercise in pure democratic government always inspires me. There are challenging moments, when people annoy or confuse each other, but it always works out. My job […]
At least once every two years, Maine’s constitution says, the Governor will propose and the Legislature will consider, revise, and adopt a budget for the operation of the state’s government. A similar process occurs at the federal level, with the President proposing and Congress voting into law the spending authorizations and priorities of our nation. […]
Yes, I’m still celebrating the collapse of the bill that was supposed to put an end to Obamacare. I’m celebrating because the proposed repeal-and-replace law would have taken health care coverage away from 24 million people while delivering big tax breaks to those who need them least. And remember Kathy, who has COPD and can’t […]
Since the dramatic collapse of the bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act more than a week ago, I’ve been thinking about why that happened and what it means. I want to share some thoughts with you about why the repeal effort failed, and a wider lesson that the event may offer. I’m […]
A week ago, I had the great pleasure of celebrating my Uncle Jacques’s 90th birthday. Jacques, one of the last living family members from my parents’ generation, emigrated from Québec at the age of 15, eventually marrying my father’s sister. As I was growing up, we lived near enough to each other to gather for […]
Last week in Augusta, the Legislature held a work session on the Governor’s proposed budget for MaineCare, in which he not only continues to reject the funds available under Obamacare but goes further, to take health care coverage away from even more workers with low incomes, this time, even those with children to care for.