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  • Short Relief: The dangers of using run-off voting to elect Portland's mayor

    At its January 28th meeting, Portland’s Charter Commission voted 9-1 to let Portland residents consider revising the City Charter to employ Instant Runoff Voting, also called Rank Choice Voting, for mayor. With IRV, voters rank each candidate in order of preference. If no candidate ...

  • Short Relief: Another week, another election, more of the same old government

    It seems like every time I turn around there is another election. This week, the citizens of Portland are going to the polls for the second time in a month, to elect members of a Charter Commission to examine Portland's constitution and structure of government. Last time, it was to ...

  • Short Relief: See you in the sauna

    The media are full of stories about the threat that the swine/Mexican/H1N1 virus poses to our health, our economy, our country and the world. In The Washington Post, Gene Robinson writes that swine flu is a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism. And, in terms of the statistics, he has a point....

  • If I were king of the forest ...

    Sometimes when I sit at my keyboard, I dream of things that might be. Why settle for elected mayor. I'd be king. Sure I would. That's the ticket. And, with the help of a few stimulus dollars, Portland would be a little economic engine.

  • The party of no (respectfully)

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush Administration enjoyed unprecedented support and freedom to act. The threat seemed obvious. The world was sympathetic. The country rallied.The Administration used that opportunity to reorganize our country's intelligence and law...

  • pnms-frank City Council fiddles while Portland sinks

    Everyone agreed that the 89-year-old Maine State Pier needed repair. Everyone agreed that Portland could not afford to pay for the work itself. The city didn't have the revenue even before the economy collapsed. Almost everyone agreed that it made sense to have someone else repair and maintai...

  • pnms-frank-010709 Cheer up, things could be worse

    It was a tough year.