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Opinion

  • Letter: Critics' goal is privatization of VA medical system

    As a World War II veteran, I agree with Edgar Allen Beem that we don't adequately support the troops. However, I disagree with his analysis. Veterans Administration medical programs have served me well, at Togus and elsewhere. Delays in the VA's system are no worse than in the private sector....

  • Letter: South Portland ordinance is good for business, bad for tar sands

    South Portland is a great city blessed by a beautiful coastline. For hundreds of years the ocean has provided food, jobs, and recreation for local citizens and visitors. The Draft Ordinance Committee was tasked by the City Council to write an ordinance which will protect our coast from the danger...

  • Letter: Cumberland County sheriff thanks voters

    I want to thank you for your votes and support in the Democratic primary on June 10. I am so humbled and honored to serve as your sheriff for another four years. The employees of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office were able to accomplish a large number of initiatives and agency g...

  • The Universal Notebook: For sale by owner

    Having only purchased one house in my life and never having sold one, all this real estate stuff is new and strange to me. I can see why some viewers find the reality show (or is it realty show?) "Property Virgins" so compelling; you learn a lot about people when they go looking for a new home.

  • Abby's Road: For Mr. Spring, school's out forever

    Gary Spring was the best teacher I ever had. He was my history teacher for three years at Falmouth High School. Every day in his class was exciting, stimulating and absolutely terrifying. I never repeated that kind of classroom experience. I approached it during a philosophy class a...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrating Portland's high school graduates

    Graduation season is one of the high points in my year. During the past month, I congratulated each of the nearly 1,000 students who graduated from our district’s high schools – Casco Bay, Deering, Portland, Portland Arts and Technology – and Portland Adult Education...

  • Forecaster Forum: A vote for color-blindness at the polls

    What do I want for my kids on Election Day when they grow up? I want more for them than for myself, as all parents wish. I want them to show up at the voting booths and be grateful that we live in a democracy. I want them to be informed and vote with intelligence. I want them to wear the "...

  • Letter: No need for another Congress Square vote

    Now that the divisive vote on the Portland parks referendum is over, it is time for the residents of Portland to come together in order to plan the revitalization of Congress Square Park. I urge the mayor, City Council, and Rockbridge Capital to drop the idea of developing valuable open space in ...

  • Letter: Put Freeport schools back the way they were

    After the recent Regional School Unit 5 budget vote, folks in all three towns may be thinking back on what we used to have. Freeport had an up-and-coming community school system. Durham and Pownal had low taxes, strong elementary schools and choice of high schools. Why would we have given ...

  • Letter: Veterans deserve better federal response

    The Veterans Administration is much in the news these days. It is aggravating to see the politicians from both parties either patting themselves on the back for all they have done for veterans, or blaming other politicians and administrators (never themselves) for the obvious problems. The fact r...