How PETA targeted the Maine lobster industry


In October of 2013, I attended a dual protest outside L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean’s restaurant in Freeport. On one side was a couple dozen representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). They were protesting what they claimed was “animal cruelty” against lobsters and crabs at a Bean owned processing plant in Rockland on the heels of […]

Cape Elizabeth students not given opportunity to recite Pledge of Allegiance

Cape Elizabeth High School.

A few weeks ago, the story broke about the South Portland High School students who want to give students the option to opt out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance each morning at school. I gave my take on the issue in my weekly column for The Portland Phoenix, and yesterday I received an email from Robert SanGiovanni, […]

LePage to tax strapped farmer, “Get a reverse mortgage”

Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN.

From “At last week’s town hall in Auburn, the public had an opportunity to directly ask questions of Governor Paul LePage or make observations about how the governor’s proposed biennial budget for FY 2016-17 would affect them. One moment jumps out here, Turner beef farmer Ralph Caldwell took his turn: After describing how his family’s working […]

St. Patrick’s Day ‘Pot of Gold’ Protest planned for the State House

Pot of Gold

The Maine People’s Alliance has announced a protest to be held on St. Patrick’s Day at the Maine State House. The intent of the protest is to call attention to the negative impacts of Governor LePage’s budget proposal. Here’s the statement in full: “Mainers Will Protest Gov. LePage’s “Pot of Gold” for the Wealthy On […]

Remants of hawk attack found in snow markings


On Tuesday, a photo was posted on Pineland Farms’ Facebook page showing the snow markings left behind after a red-tailed hawk attacked a field mouse. Pineland Farms, located in New Gloucester is “a 5,000-acre working farm, diverse business campus and educational and recreational venue that welcomes visitors to enjoy its beautiful rural landscape,” according to their […]

Native Maine writer catches big break in Hollywood

Bo Belanger with older brother Ryan in Los Angeles.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, native Mainer Bo Belanger, 31, of Portland, has steadily climbed the enduring, competitive ladder in pursuit of his goal to make a career out of writing in Hollywood. He has written for the Disney Channel, produced his own YouTube series, and most recently was the staff writer for a new […]

Portland Greens announce plan to seek $15 minimum wage


The Portland Green Independent Committee released a statement Thursday morning announcing their intentions to create a citizen’s initiative to establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Maine’s largest city. Here’s the statement in full: “The Portland Green Independent Committee will soon begin the process to create a living wage of $15 an hour for […]