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Opinion

  • Letter: Explaining Falmouth library construction costs

    I am responding to Dr. Lawrence Leonard’s recent letter concerning Falmouth Memorial Library’s proposed expansion. The...

  • Letter: Yarmouth takes 'community' seriously

    It was about a year ago when I fell and broke my clavicle. I’d like to say it happened in a skiing accident in Saddleback. But no, it was a ridiculous accident that happened at home. Those who know me realize that this accident could not have happened at a worse time. I called...

  • Forecaster Forum: Wind yields major environmental benefits for Maine

    Wind energy is providing Maine impressive environmental benefits. Burning coal, gas, and other fossil fuels to generate electricity consumes vast amounts of water, makes our air unhealthy to breathe, and is the leading source of the carbon pollution fueling the climate crisis. The c...

  • Abby's Road: To resolve, or not to resolve

    If I had a nickel for every New Year’s resolution I haven’t fulfilled, I could buy myself a cashmere sweater. The purchase would be helpful. One year I resolved to learn how to knit, and I still don’t even own a pair of knitting needles. I wrestle so much with resolution ...

  • Letter: Scarborough council shouldn't ignore voters

    It appears that the Scarborough Town Council is now poised to ignore the 73 percent of the voters that overturned their decision to leash dogs on beaches without any summer time for running and swimming. The referendum returned us to a fair and balanced leash law that requires leashes within 150 ...

  • Letter: Cumberland development rules have a purpose

    Carla Nixon, Cumberland town planner, deals with compromise on a regular basis and knows that lines of division between property zones will often appear arbitrary, but they are a necessary evil. In the case of Cumberland's two- and four-acre zones, one could argue that a preferred zoning change s...

  • Letter: Questions about proposed Falmouth library costs

    Thank you for publishing news about the Falmouth Memorial Library expansion. My wife and I are strong supporters of the library. However, I have a question about the proposed costs. The proposed new construction is 11,320 square feet, with an estimated cost of $3.2 million, or $290 per squ...

  • Short Relief: Tell Portland City Hall you're tired of the same old swamp

    Portland’s Bayside neighborhood used to be a swamp. In a heavy rain, it still gets flooded by runoff coming down the hill from Cumberland Avenue. Over the years, it was filled in and used for a variety of industrial and residential purposes. Those included a railroad, foundries, lumb...

  • The Universal Notebook: Good neighbors

    As we head into a new year, there seems be a growing realization that this country has not profited from the divisive partisanship of left and right, progressive and conservative, Democrat and Republican. It has been heartening to see the GOP leadership distancing itself from the hard right extre...

  • The Universal Notebook: A holiday exhortation

    The ethical and moral dilemmas of being part of a materialistic, consumer society surely occur to all of us to some degree, especially during the holiday season. As affluent Americans we are all complicit in an economy that has unintended consequences for those less fortunate and those left out.