Immigration Reform: Missed Opportunity in 2009

I support comprehensive immigration reform. Our best chance to accomplish it was in 2009, when Barack Obama was the president and his party controlled both houses of Congress, including a large enough majority in the Senate to actually get something passed. I’ve never understood why our leaders didn’t get this done at the time, so…

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#OverReaction

Months before the major political parties had chosen their candidates for the 2016 US presidential election, I wrote on Facebook that ordinary people will be healthier and happier if they don't let the results of presidential elections affect them too much; live your lives, don't give Washington such emotional power over your daily well-being. Sadly…

Train wreck questions

Ever since Maine politicians succeeded in grabbing mega-millions of federal stimulus dollars to fund a passenger rail boondoggle between Portland and Brunswick, I've been interested in what's going on with passenger rail - a legacy "transit" technology - around this great country of ours. What I've learned boils down to there's a lot of money…

Pondering empathy

Are you more like Mr. Spock or Captain Kirk? Beverly Crusher or Deanna Troi? The references, of course are to characters from the original Star Trek television series and the Star Trek: the Next Generation series. Spock was the cool master of logic, Kirk the captain whose combination of intelligence, intuition, bravery, and integrity made…

It takes an expanded Village

My little town of Yarmouth, Maine, is situated in the shelter of Casco Bay some 10 miles northeast of Portland. If you get trapped in the passing lane on Interstate 295 and miss our exit (Exit 15), you have one more chance before you pass us by completely, two miles up the road at Exit…

We love Yarmouth; now let’s change it!

For as long as I've lived in Yarmouth, Maine, (34 years) the townspeople have recognized and appreciated what a treasure we have in the Village section of our Town. Main Street in Yarmouth is a genuine, authentic New England town center, with a village green, walkable sidewalks, churches, a library, cafes, barber shops and hair salons,…

Science news for today

This week we're sandwiched between the March for [progressive favored] Science and the March for Global Warming, er, I mean, against Global Warming, er, I mean, whatever. It's only the middle of the week so there's plenty of time for more, but so far three science-related stories in the news have jumped out at me. First,…