I wanted to vote for "none of the above."

Under this system, voters unhappy with all the choices would put their mark next to the NOTA line. If enough people did that to give the a-pox-on-all-their-houses crowd a plurality, a new election would be scheduled. The process would continue until we found somebody who was more appealing than nobody.

It might be expensive and time-consuming, but it'd be worth it, because we'd end up with a governor who was better than nothing.

It's been a while since we've had one of those.

A majority of Mainers are at a loss as to what to buy friends and family for Christmas. Fortunately, there's no need to resort to Paul LePage boxers (they come pre-twisted) or Chellie Pingree frequent-flyer perks (good only for semi-unofficial monkey business). Just give everyone on your list the double-CD set Greetings From Area Code 207, Volume 8, featuring 31 tracks by some of the state's coolest musicians, including 17 unreleased gems (the live Ray LaMontagne with Rustic Overtones version of "You Are the Best Thing" and Spose's "Pop Song" are worth the price by themselves). All proceeds benefit the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. There's even a political angle. Former Democratic state Senate candidate Cindy Bullens has a track called "In a Perfect World" (I think she means one with fewer Republican legislators).

Got a better gift idea? E-mailaldiamon@herniahill.net, and I'll make arrangements to have it shipped to me.

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