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Where’s the drumbeat?

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Last week's news was dominated by a larger-than-life figure whose cartoonishly confident self-image was battered by revelations that high-level staffers were engaging in questionable practices while trying to get their jobs done.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 27, 2011

Shaking up Salt

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A school that has quietly drawn to Portland, trained, and set loose around Maine a large number of journalists and other young creative professionals is entering a new phase, and not a decade too soon.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  July 13, 2011


Do you accept this fee?

Maine ATMs pack a wallop on your wallet
How much do you spend in ATM fees? Maine consumers are paying more — by one estimate, the average per-transaction charge has risen from $1.50 in 2006 to $2.35 last year.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  June 22, 2011

Business-led Haiti-aid group shuts down

Seeking relief
What happens when lawyers, public-relations experts, bankers and accountants, construction contractors, insurance brokers, and manufacturers join forces to get involved in emergency disaster relief in one of the most underdeveloped countries in the Western Hemisphere? Much less than they hoped, it turns out.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  June 22, 2011


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Two years after ceasing production for lack of funding, Portland-based LibertyNewsTV is back in action.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2011

Doing Harmon

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He won't thank me for pointing this out, but Portland Press Herald columnist MD Harmon is a liberal's best friend.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  May 04, 2011

This trickle-down stinks

True free-market capitalism has lasted 30 years — barely half as long as its arch-enemy, Soviet communism.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011

Build on each other

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Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011


A look at Portland's graffiti history

City walls
Back in the early '90s, Eli Cayer had just finished art school in Boston and headed to Maine, where he continued creating street art.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  April 05, 2011

Internet service falling into place

Broadband update
The details needed to understand where and how to best improve Maine's high-speed Internet connectivity are finally within reach.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 16, 2011

Buy Local 'survey' is questionable

Fuzzy math
Heaven knows I like the idea of the Portland Buy Local campaign, so it pains me to say that I found the recently released results of an area business survey just a bit too self-congratulatory.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 16, 2011


Review: A Marine's Guide to Fishing

A snapshot of a returned veteran's life
On the one-year anniversary of a life-changing incident on a foreign battleground, a Marine (Matthew Pennington) begins to take up his old life again.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2011


Why parenthood is a bad model for government

Diagnosing democracy
Political theory has, for centuries, come down to an analogy of anatomy, or of family: the head of the government is the head of the body politic, or the head of the household.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2011

War on the average Joe

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Right now, Maine can afford to pay its state employees' pensions for the next 10 years with no additional investment — without any sort of supplement, not even workers' biweekly paycheck deductions.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2011

Prison torture coverage, expanded

Also of note
Longtime Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley's investigation of the Maine State Prison and the state's corrections system as a whole have reached a yet wider audience with the publication of an essay by Tapley in The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2011

Pingree visits Guantanamo, advocates closure

Gitmo state of mind
Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress that keeping President Obama's promise to close the notorious military prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be difficult because of opposition from members of Congress. Maine 1st District Representative Chellie Pingree, however, is among those who support closing the base.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 23, 2011


So you thought you were special

Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 16, 2011

Talk time

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The state's largest newspaper company is about to negotiate its contract with its employees. With workers seeking a share of the company's newfound profitability, and owner Richard Connor striving mightily to stay in the black, this could go very smoothly, or be a bloody, destructive battle — with the quality of information available to Mainers hanging in the balance.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 09, 2011

Marie Moreshead + Ellen Tipper at Blue, January 28

Music seen
The dual CD-release party for Ellen Tipper's The Juggler and Marie Moreshead's self-titled full-length album was a stripped-down affair, which was a relief because Blue was packed to the gills.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 02, 2011


John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

Out of the woodwork
The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 26, 2011


A new online program at SMCC puts you to the test

All you can learn
Yes, taking classes online is the wave of the future. And you've figured out that the house always wins: Tuition for those classes is vastly more profitable for universities than the traditional in-person, in-classroom instruction.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 26, 2011

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