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Opinion

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: Thanks for supporting Operation Smile benefit

    The Bath Cosmopolitan Club wants to express its appreciation to community sponsors of the Operation Smile Benefit Concert on March 5 at Morse High School. Huge thanks to Dr. Thomas Anglim, Dr. Vance Horne, Sharon Drake, Michael Baribeau, Now You’re Cooking, Reny’s, Bath Savings, Miosa...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: My toughest assignment

    Crafting a budget for the next school year was the most difficult assignment of my 22-year career. The Portland Public Schools face the loss of more than $6 million in state and federal funds. That forced us to make painful cuts, including a reduction of nearly 81 positions. Voluntary re...

  • The Universal Notebook: The case against public broadcasting

    Will wonders never cease? While writing about life in the same southern Maine communities for decades, Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon and I have never to my knowledge agreed about anything. Harmon is a hard-core conservative. I am a soft-hearted liberal. But I woke up this mor...

  • Letter: Check yes for Clean Elections

    It's that time of year again: tax season. This year, I’m checking yes for Clean Elections when I fill out my Maine income tax form. Checking yes supports Maine’s first-in-the-nation Clean Election system, but it doesn’t add anything to the tax bill. It’s simply a ...

  • Letter: Cumberland extraction rules affect most residents

    I am curious as to why there has been no mention that Elvin and Randy Copp have already clear-cut approximately 40 acres, filled in a small pond and screened and extracted tons of material on the Cumberland property that prompted a town review of rules for gravel pits and water removal. This prop...