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Asleep at the wheel

In the early morning of April 9, 2007, a small armada of Cardi Corporation trucks crept up Rustic Hill Road in North Scituate to the construction site for the new Ponaganset Middle School.
The state's weak system for vetting contractors allows millions to flow to companies with poor environmental and workplace safety records. It needs to be fixed
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012

A marriage proposal + Thumbs up to Lance

As a member of the LGBT community for the past 45 years I can tell you that marriage equality (see "Yes On One? Duh ," by Deirdre Fulton, September 14) is not on the front burner for most of the people I know in my community.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 21, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 21, 2012

15 reasons the East-West Highway will never be built (plus a political bonus!)

This past spring, out of the blue, Republican Governor Paul LePage and the GOP-controlled Maine Legislature funded a $300,000 study by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of the feasibility of a corporate-owned, toll superhighway across the m
Analysis: Nails in the coffin
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 07, 2012

Peter Vigue: listen closely

In May when I asked Peter Vigue at the County Commissioner's meeting in Dover-Foxcroft about the potential for a tar sands oil pipeline in the proposed East-West Corridor (see "Tar Sands Disaster," by Deirdre Fulton, August 17) he dismissed the question.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, August 31, 2012

Not all toll hikes are created equal

The Maine Turnpike Authority has decided to increase tolls, starting November 1, to raise $21 million in additional revenue for highway maintenance and debt repayment.
Driving Expenses
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 31, 2012

Images of a highway departed

There's a lot of talk these days about the 40-acre footprint in the center of Providence left by the old Route 195.
Picture Show.
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 03, 2012

Looking ahead

Lance Tapley's assessment of environmental protection efforts during the 125th Legislature (see "'Holding the Line,'" May 25) gives due credit to some like Senator Tom Saviello, but ignores integral efforts of important others.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, June 8, 2012

What’s driving the East-West Highway?

Eminent domain! The government's ability to seize land for a public purpose strikes terror into the hearts of many landowners.
Taxpayer dollars, secrecy, and private interests
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 04, 2012

Politicos like the East-West highway; how about the public?

Peter Vigue, CEO of Maine's big construction company Cianbro, has recently been successful in promoting to the state's politicians his plan for a 220-mile, limited-access, privately owned toll highway bisecting Maine from New Brunswick to Quebec.
Pothole Patrol
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 20, 2012

Elijah Ocean’s new Tumble & Fall

You definitely can't accuse of Elijah Ocean of just doing the same old thing.
The man who fell
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 06, 2012
Silent Souls 3

Review: Silent Souls

This is probably the only film we'll encounter about the Merja culture of West Central Russia, a Finno-Ugric tribe in which even the most modernized people pay allegiance to ancient customs.
Magic realism and Chekhovian melancholy
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 20, 2012


Back in the saddle again

Phillipe, who gave up his decades-long co-authorship of this column several months back, made a shocking and unannounced return last week ...
Phillipe returns! Plus, road rage and the hell of war
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 06, 2011

Many Turnpike Authority enablers still in power

Five years ago this week the Portland Phoenix published an exposé of the Maine Turnpike Authority executives' lavish lifestyle.
Five years on
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 05, 2011

The road goes on forever

If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2011