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Opinion

  • Letter: SAD 51 spending, by the numbers

    After the School Administrative District 51 Finance Committee recommended a 3 percent increase in the school budget for the 2011-2012 year, some historical facts about the SAD 51 budget may be helpful to establish a context for this recommendation, the budget discussion, and the budget vote. ...

  • Letter: Beem's Utopia makes for bad dreams

    Last night I had the strangest dream, about the world of Edgar Allen Beem. It began in a trendy little bistro in the Yarmouth area, where I overheard a conversation among what looked to be successful business people, or to some, I suppose, capitalist pigs. They said that Beem and hi... 16

  • Global Matters: Just the fax, Gov. LePage, just the fax

    By now the world knows that Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered the removal of a mural from the walls of the Maine Department of Labor in Augusta. The mural depicted Mainers across the generations in the struggle for workers’ rights. Apparently, the mural proved offensive to a visitor to ... 6

  • Forecaster Forum: Why Gov. LePage can't erase history

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state Labor Department a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history. Among other things the mural illustrates the 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston. It also features the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,&rd... 4

  • Letter: Keep the Kid-Safe Products Act

    I’m proud to live in Maine. Our Legislature and governor have a long history of collaborating toward thoughtful solutions. I don’t understand, therefore, why the governor, a legislator, and the state Chamber of Commerce want to weaken a law that exemplifies what we can achieve when w...

  • The Universal Notebook: Highway robbery on the Maine Turnpike

    So far the one good thing about the Republican conquest of Augusta has been that Maine Turnpike Authority Director Paul Violette has been chased from office after 23 years for failure to adequately explain what he did with $157,000 worth of slush fund gift certificates he purchased in 2005 and 20...

  • No Sugar Added: We're up to our armpits in fruity funny-business

    Spring is upon us, and I am here with some disturbing news: apparently, our nation’s capitol is not the only locale that will soon be awash in the delicious scent of cherry blossoms. Our armpits will be bursting forth in bloom, as well. It’s true. Last weekend, as I str...

  • Letter: LePage outrageous? Yes, thankfully, yes

    We are in an exciting time. And contrary to Edgar Allen Beem's opinion, we are in an outrageously promising time. Gov. Paul LePage is not playing politics. He is making hard, well-thought and brave decisions. These are decisions that career politicians and those of the liberal makeup would...

  • Letter: Don't balance Portland school budget on adult ed

    I read Superintendent James C. Morse Sr.’s most recent “Notebook” with disbelief. No doubt this budget cycle is the most challenging in years. As Morse described what his proposed budget will accomplish, he neglected to include what it is likely to destroy: our adult education...

  • Letter: A reply to Falmouth School Board member

    Contrary to Andrew Kinley's letter, I don’t have disdain for teachers. I respect teachers, I personally like many of our teachers, and unlike most of the Falmouth School Board I am a licensed teacher in Maine for nearly six years. What I have unbridled contempt for are those on various go...