As some of you may know, I host a radio talk show each weekday morning from 6 to 9 AM on Newstalk WLOB and our Lobster Radio Network which includes many stations throughout Maine.
I intend to use this opportunity as an extension of my show, meaning when the conversation ends at 9 AM, it can continue here.
There are so many important issues to address, here in Maine, all over our Nation and around the world. Most of the issues are man-made. While that can make them more complex because of competing and compelling interests, it also means one important thing … our problems are solvable if we only have the will to focus on the issue and not the politics that surrounds it.
I am guilty of it from time to time, forgetting that the issue is the important thing and not the person who is pushing it. I have a pretty good track record over the last twelve years on air of keeping the conversation focused on the issues and not the individuals and I intend to continue that here.
2015 was a year of political disappointment for me. I had hoped that our state would take some giant leaps forward from a public policy standpoint. While we had some successes, the truth is Maine and its people missed out on some great opportunities to advance our state, its economy and therefore our fellow citizens.
The good news is, like all of you, I still live and work in the best state in the country. My wife and I have raised our four children here and we are proud that Maine is their and our home.
I looked forward to a spirited dialogue with the readers of the Sun Journal. Despite reports of the industry’s demise, newspapers still play an important role in our society.
I have written three books and used to write a regular newspaper column for about 14 years. In other words, I like to write and I enjoy the arena of stimulating and spirited discussion.
I am excited about what the future may hold for this great state and I look forward to discussing the future changes with all of you.