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Opinion

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Building a foundation for the future

    Someone asked me recently why I have involved the community in creating a vision for the future of the Portland Public Schools when times are so bleak. Our district will lose millions of dollars in state and federal aid next July as a result of the recession. That will mean fewer adults s...

  • Letter: Paid sick days help everyone

    I am a small business owner and I am writing to support LD 1665, the paid sick days bill. I run a child-care business out of my home and have one employee. I charge by the hour, specifically to encourage parents to keep their sick children home. All the other child-care homes and centers I know ...

  • The Universal Notebook: A nose for news

    Whenever the mean-spiritedness that stinks up American public life these days gets to be too much for me, I go outside for a breath of fresh air. Paying more attention to nature than to culture is a wonderful antidote to anger and despair. Last week during the full moon, I stepped out onto... 1

  • Probing Politics: Looking for government we can afford

    Whether you hate it or love it, government is something we can’t live without. It’s what makes a civil society possible. We’re fortunate to have a democratic form of government but it obligates us to continually define its purpose, its scope and its cost. But it can&rsquo...

  • Letter: Praise for Beem on national park

    Kudos to Edgar Allen Beem in last week's Universal Notebook when he states, "Now is the time for wholesale conservation ... The future of the North Woods does not lie in wood chips and toilet paper, it lies in keeping the largest expanse of unbroken woodlands east of the Mississippi intact." ...

  • Letter: Public agrees with Beem on park

    Kudos to Edgar Allen Beem for his endorsement of a Maine Woods National Park. The only arguable inaccuracy was the statement that a new national park is unpopular among Mainers. Last November Portland-based Critical Insights, an independent public opinion firm, conducted a statewide survey...

  • Letter: Seek proper disposal of meds

    Maine is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers involved both in keeping unused medications in our medicine cabinets and in flushing them or putting them in the trash. What to do? Call your legislators and ask them to adopt LD 821, "An Act to Support Collection and Proper Disposal of U...

  • The Universal Notebook: It's time for a Maine Woods National Park

    Daughter Nora tells people she lives in Narnia, C.S. Lewis’s fantasy-land where the White Witch decreed that it always be winter, though never Christmas. Actually, she lives in the White Mountains, where she and her fiance work for conservation groups. Our whole family was up ... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: Make us part of your Sunday-morning routine

    The late President Lyndon B. Johnson once said "the fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character." Johnson's comment – from an era when newspapers were still the primary source of news and information – probably offered more insight into hi...

  • Forecaster Forum: To 'know your farmer' is to live better

    I saw a new bumper sticker on a car at the Falmouth Shopping Center today. It said, “Know your farmer.” And for the first time, I can say I do. Kathy supplies me with potatoes and cabbage and mini McIntosh apples. No longer is she just the bundled-up body under the “Valle...