2.22.2011

Painful, but not destructive

The birth of democracy is a beautiful thing. I've been waiting to weigh in on the developments in Egypt. Suffice to say I think it's really exciting. I want to be cautious and skeptical, but I can't help but think we're on the verge of something amazing.

2.21.2011

Mother of Exiles

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she ' With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Written by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) and inscribed on a blonze plaque with the Statue of Liberty:

In an opinion piece of the Portland Press Herald a while ago (sorry, lost the link), a trustee from a prominent nonprofit was defending his organization's work to aid refugees from an onslaught of negative comments in response to articles online. Like all expressions of apathy and hate, many locals' responses to the influx of refugees is based entirely on ignorance. The trustee dutifully debunked a number of myths about refugees in our country.

2.07.2011

Something is not right

You've probably heard about the leaked memo from Dan Demeritt, Governor LePage's spokesman. There are a lot of people upset by the prospect of the Governor "putting 11000 Maine bureaucrats to work electing Republicans." Ethical concerns aside, I have another reason to be upset about this.

This memo was written in December before LePage was even inaugurated. I understand the importance for a political party to think strategically (I should!) but considering the dire circumstances LePage has to deal with as governor of our state, it seems highly inappropriate to be thinking about the next election before you've even begun your responsibility as Governor. That's the job of the Steering Committees of the respective parties. This is irrefutable proof that a primary reason to seek election is for the sake of merely cementing your own party's power and not necessarily acting in the interests of the electorate.

2.06.2011

Whoopie vs. Blueberry

There's a debate brewing in Augusta that some might say is a waste of time, but I find fun and fascinating none the less. Some days ago Rep. Paul Davis of Sangerville submitted a bill to make the whoopie pie Maine’s official state dessert.

This proposal has actually drawn out considerable opposition and a counter-proposal to crown wild blueberry pie as the official state dessert has emerged. The Boston Globe has done a good job covering the conflict.