I am very fond of American Community Survey Table B06011. I mean this seriously: visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder website and see for yourself. This data table will look at just about any U.S. place you specify, then spit out the median income
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
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
A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker in Central Maine that read, “Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!” It didn’t take me too long to react emotionally to that statement; I hear some version of that sentiment almost every day living here in
“Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!” This is the bumper sticker I saw in Jefferson, Maine today. I’d seen it before. Today I started to think, “How insular and parochial of Maine!” — but then I stopped mid-thought. It could be that such sentiments are
In the last week, Americans Elect has quietly gone out of its way to change the ballot access terms for David Walker, a presidential candidate about whom Americans Elect has written glowingly and who also sits on its Board of Advisors. Why has Americans Elect gone to this trouble? Nobody knows.
This week, Republican former governor Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed NY 23rd District Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman. Her statement left no doubt of her position: The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman