Jill Goldthwait

  • On Maine’s political glide path

    On Maine’s political glide path

    At roughly the halfway mark in the legislative session, more than 1,000 bills have cleared the Revisor’s Office and are making their way through the system. From the broadly ambitious to the specific and narrow, from the likely to the hopeless, each is sent on its tottering way by legislative sponsors who may be heavily

  • The engines of democracy

    The engines of democracy

    The hills are alive with the sound of political activism. People are coming out of the woodwork to work toward peace, truth, justice and the American way. To run for office. To help someone else run for office. To speak. To act. To be indivisible. It’s a beautiful thing. We may be slow to awaken

  • Small steps are no small thing

    Small steps are no small thing

    Last Chance. Outnumbered. Endangered Species. These are the names of some of the lobster boats represented at this year’s Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland. They reflect the sense of uncertainty that surrounds the commercial fishing world. The men and women who fish those boats were out in force to discuss catch, markets, bait, price, the health

  • Free speech applies to all

    Free speech applies to all

    Free Larry! State Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) had a speaking gig scheduled for Feb. 16 at the University of Southern Maine. A student group, having discovered some of Lockman’s political views, took exception. As well they might. The representative has a long history of political controversy, much of it focused on ideas well outside the

  • Bringing humor to the humorless

    Bringing humor to the humorless

    If you thought you felt the earth tremble last week, you weren’t imagining it. The quake epicenter was in Blue Hill, and it came on the heels of fire chief extraordinaire Denny Robertson announcing that he would step down. He said in a news interview, “An all-night fire now stretches me right out.” Robertson is

  • Spotlight on the ‘real’ Maine

    Spotlight on the ‘real’ Maine

    Pride of Madawaska, we’re proud of you. Thanks to all who got this band of middle and high school students on the road to represent Maine at the presidential inauguration. Every American should visit the nation’s capital at least once, and to be invited as part of an inauguration is a rare honor. A stone’s

  • Bill titles shed some light

    Bill titles shed some light

    The Maine Legislature opened at a brisk pace. We have the text of more than 100 bills and a long list of titles, but those do not always give insight into the issues being raised. At least Maine has not taken up the tortured acronyms of Congress when it comes to naming bills. The TALENT

  • Photos for goose, not for gander

    Photos for goose, not for gander

    If the news from our nation’s capitol is giving you a headache, the news from Augusta may provide some relief. Our legislature surpasses Congress when it comes to civility, functionality and efficiency. Introduce a bill in Maine and it gets assigned to a committee composed of both House and Senate members. The bill gets one