Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]
Any new political organization ought to be leading us away from the prejudices that have dominated American politics in the past, rather than exploiting them for its own political purposes. We Need Smith fails this test. […]
Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]
When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:
Green Party congressional candidate Faye Walters says she wants to prevent any ethnicity from dominating the United States by instituting immigration quotas from particular nations. Has she not noticed that there already is a certain dominant ethnicity in the USA? […]
The PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass”) activists who resisted the nomination, and then the election, of Barack Obama for President are an interesting bunch. On the one hand, they’ve said they are upset because Barack Obama is horribly bigoted toward Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, in their ongoing communications they continue to say things […]
Last year, 15 Republicans in the House of Representatives did their darndest to stop kids at public schools from saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, Republicans opposed the speaking of the Pledge of Allegiance.
These Republicans issued a threat in their bill, H.R. 6783: if a school mandates or even just permits the Pledge of […]