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Opinion

  • Abby's Road: Hoping to be 'grounded in gratitude'

    I can't stand whining. The substance of it, and the sound of it, are like nails on a chalkboard. Sometimes it feels as though I am stuck in a classroom surrounded by itchy fiends in need of a manicure. My children do not lead overly luxurious lives. They can, however, walk into a ki...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Gambling with Maine’s future

    HVOLSVOLLUR, ICELAND — I’m here in the beautiful country of Iceland with my son Zack, and I’m slightly bummed out. It’s 3 a.m. EDT, and when I began this column my intent was to share some details of what has been one of the most incredible travel adventures of my l...

  • Letter: Hear 'Sacred Stories' at South Portland City Hall

    It is a gift each semester as I prepare my college students for their end-of-semester event: "Sacred Stories." As non-native English speakers, these young men and women do something that most never dare to do in our lifetime: speak publicly. Not only do they do this, but they share the most intim...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'Flats' resident appreciates Route 1 sidewalks

    I'd like to thank the Town Council of Falmouth for voting to give us sidewalks on Route 1 in the "Flats" area. These sidewalks have greatly improved our quality of life and safety. As everyone knows, Route 1 is very busy. The people in my neighborhood use these sidewalks all the time. Now ...

  • Letter: Medical building won't fit in South Portland neighborhood

    I am writing as a concerned resident of Sawyer Street in relation to the Martin’s Point proposal for the Hamlin School property. I purchased my home this fall. I purchased my home based on location, proximity to green space, the slow-paced community feel, and the fact that it was located ne...

  • Letter: Praise for Planned Parenthood's first 50 years

    I’ve often wondered how the world would be different if men had the primary responsibility for controlling their fertility. I believe very strongly that women have just as much potential as men and should have equal opportunities for reaching that potential. But they don’t. And one bi...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...

  • The Right View: Economics is a matter of right vs. left

    While out driving last week, I caught a bit of the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. A gentleman had called in making the case that while many of us are out here in the media shouting about right-this and left-that, he was just trying to work and survive. While we are all discussing soc...

  • Policy Wonk: Only Gov. LePage is above the law

    As odd as it may seem, the headline on this piece reflects Maine’s reality. In 2012, Gov. Paul LePage refused to issue $40 million in voter-approved bonds, notwithstanding a constitutional duty imposed on him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Oth...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Response to trends today impacts tomorrow

    Maine is experiencing several of trends. For example, the state’s population is aging, and we’re facing environmental challenges as we consider how to best meet Maine’s energy needs. How we respond to trends today will impact our future, so it’s very important that ...