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Opinion

  • Short Relief: A tale of 2 speeches

    Gov. Paul LePage delivered his second inaugural address with a firm and confident voice. Gone was the nervous, "Chief Inspector Dreyfus" laugh that sometimes punctuated his remarks during the campaign. He took credit for his accomplishments; in particular, for paying off the hospital debt ...

  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Abby's Road: The 12th football speaks

    I am the 9.16 percent. I am the Edward Snowden of the pigskin community. I am the 12th football. This is my first public statement. Jan. 18, 2015, started like any other Sunday between preseason and postseason. I awoke in my gunmetal cage to the sounds of Vince Wilfork tap-dancing. ...

  • Letter: Building renovation study won't benefit Brunswick

    Not another “feasibility study” in Brunswick (paid for, once again, by taxpayer money) that will benefit a private owner (“B...

  • Letter: Time to put aside Yarmouth's 'dam issue'

    As someone who hopes to buy a house in Yarmouth in the near future, I keep an ear to the ground on local politics. I was surprised to here that the “dam issue” (pardon the pun) is back in play. I don't understand why anybody would want to remove those Royal River dams. By removing the...

  • Letter: Beem wrong about Obama, oil, Keystone XL

    In his latest blather about the Keystone XL pipeline, Edgar Allen Beem blames Republicans for “standing in the way of transportation infrastructure improvements." Please Mr. Beem, name them. Later in the column Beem says that paying $2.20 a gallon does not even cover the cost of high...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • The Right View: The best things in life are not free

    Despite the raging pain in my back from a herniated disk, reading support for President Obama’s plan for offering students “free” community college was enough to spring me out of bed and put me in front of my computer for a significant rant. I am so sick and tired of hear...