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Opinion

  • Letter: Beem column speaks truth to power

    I very much appreciated Edgar Allen Beem’s column on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and its director, Mary Mayhew. I never would have guessed she was a Democrat. Ma...

  • Letter: Columnist's praise for Netanyahu unfounded

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s recent column, "Let’s talk about shame," is demagoguery at its worst. She attempts to vilify those who are determined to keep us out of an unnecessary war. Smith ...

  • Letter: Delogu misses the mark on job creation

    In response to Orlando Delogu’s recent opinion piece “Reducing Maine income taxes will not create jobs,” I have to...

  • Short Relief: GA in Portland may fall short of the law

    I read the law regarding General Assistance and the state Department of Health and Human Services audit report on Portland's program. Here's what I learned. Maine's General Assistance program is a partnership between the state and municipal governments that provides assistance to the needy...

  • The Right View: Let's talk about shame

    Shame \ˈshām\, noun: a feeling of guilt, regret or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong; ability to feel guilt, regret or embarrassment; dishonor or disgrace; something that brings censure or reproach. You know, when shame is not applied equally to elected...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: It takes a state to support education

    One of my core values is that it takes an entire community to ensure the success of our public schools. That doesn’t mean just our local community. As our legislators work in Augusta to decide how much to allocate in state funding to local school districts, I’d like to point out that ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Are you really my friend?

    Every once in a while it occurs to me that I don’t really know many of the people with whom I interact regularly. I work for a number of newspaper, magazine and book editors, for example, whom I have never met in person. We have cordial professional relationships online, some of which go ba...

  • Letter: Dog owners must take responsibility

    Exercise is vital to our health and well-being. The same is true of our dogs. In this area, we are fortunate to have an abundance of natural regions that allow us to enjoy the landscape with our canine counterparts. We should all feel welcome to enjoy these areas, shouldn’t we? My fo...

  • Letter: Need more 'diatribes' like McDonald-Smith's

    Over the last few months of Julie McDonald-Smith's tenure as a columnist, it seems that more than a few discerning readers have noticed how wrong her "right view" is. But don't get me wrong, Julie. I applaud the editor's choice of bringing your "visions" to the public's scrutiny. So rather...

  • Letter: Reaction to the pledge is troubling

    Much of the time, I am in agreement with Edgar Allen Beem's opinions, but his latest on the Pledge of Allegiance ("Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance") has me troubled. I get the impression that he personally does not approve of its recitation. I hope that I'm wrong. I am most troubled...