My professional career has been involved in bringing to Maine the financial capital to build our infrastructure of housing, schools, roads, hospitals, colleges, water and sewer districts. As Executive Director of four independent state authorities charged with putting together public financing for hundreds of infrastructure projects I was responsible for bringing billions of dollar into the Maine economy.
In a non-sequitur, my academic background is entirely in American and New England History. I obtained my Masters Degree from the American and New England Studies graduate program at USM.
My perspective on the governmental, political and cultural questions I write about is as an historian who worked in a financial role in a part of Maine government. My belief is that the left wing crazies and the right wing “wingnuts” hear little or nothing outside their own echo chambers, but that there is an important part of Maine, and indeed the country, that wants to participate in reasoned, civil yet rigorous discussion about what we can do to make Maine a better place for all of us. I want to be part of that discussion. I want all of us to take a deep breath and think about what we can do and not just react to what is happening.