Byline: By ALLEN WOODS

In my view, being a good police officer is the hardest job in the world. Their mandate is to respond to people’s worst and most destructive...

Misunderstanding the movement

6/16/20

As a white person who enjoys the advantages and privileges of the arbitrary but preferred skin tone in our culture, it has been painful, even...

Heroic people, criminal leadership

5/18/20

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” — attributed to James Lane Allen, American writer, late 1800s. I’ve never been one to welcome...

Bernie Sanders and George McGovern

3/5/20

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” An often paraphrased thought by historian and philosopher George Santayana in 1904...

It is winter in New England and the view out my window is predictably barren: snow and ice, whites and grays overwhelming the splashes of color...

Like Nancy Gardner (My Turn Dec. 12), I also was transfixed by Nancy Pelosi’s press conference a week earlier. Pelosi returned to the microphone to...

Fear and loathing in Washington D.C.

11/20/19

I never had a lot in common with Hunter Thompson. As the inspiration for the “Duke” character in Doonesbury, he became famous in the late 1960s and...

Distraction and destruction

10/8/19

As a child, the art of name-calling and insults escaped me. When kids played a sanitized, Midwestern version of the “dozens” (“Your mother wears...

The joys and dangers of nostalgia

8/20/19

Caught in the rush of weeks and months that carry me like a solitary, bobbing barrel towards the potential Niagara Falls of my 70th year, I find...

One of my favorite phrases from Mark Twain’s tales of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer is the description of them “telling stretchers” when they were...

Unsurprisingly, President Trump has lowered the bar for public discourse again in his battle for the 2020 election. He began using the “S” word...

As a resident of a bordering state widely ridiculed on Maine bumper stickers, I have not followed Sen. Susan Collins’ career closely or had an...

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