Pine and Roses editorials

May Day Thoughts

May Day Thoughts

The office is empty today. Folks are with family or friends, celebrating the holiday or the good weather, as they should be. May Day doesn’t always fall on a Sunday, but when it does, it feels right. Most Americans don’t give a thought about May...

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Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Tonight, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to strip Portland workers of the hazard pay we started earning on January 1, 2022. This is the same hazard pay that was enacted by a ballot measure put forward by the Maine DSA; the same...

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On This Labor Day, Remember

On This Labor Day, Remember

It’s Labor Day yet again, and while many of us will spend it grilling, visiting family, or meeting up with friends, many of us aren’t familiar with the hard and arduous road it took to achieve this day of respite for workers. And, even fewer of us...

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Will Gov. Mills’s veto pen open the door to LePage?

Will Gov. Mills’s veto pen open the door to LePage?

Gov. Janet Mills deserves more thanks than most governors for her competency in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s little doubt that her steady hand reduced the death toll significantly in Maine. Credit where credit is due. And she has...

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Solidarity with Nasreen, fight for a radical charter

Solidarity with Nasreen, fight for a radical charter

It’s been a rough year for the Chamber of Commerce and its friends at City Hall. Last November, Portland voters passed four referenda providing for a $15 an hour wage, renter protections, Green New Deal building codes, and a ban on police use of...

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Mainers Want Pine and Roses

Mainers Want Pine and Roses

“Welcome to Maine: The Way Life Should Be.” That’s what the sign said when you crossed over the Piscatiqua River bridge into Maine starting in 1987. And we’ll be the first to say that there’s a big kernel of truth to that sentiment. Then along came...

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