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Opinion

  • Capitol Notebook: The forest and the trees

    Planted in the middle of Gov. Paul LePage’s State of the State address in early February was an unlikely comment about the supposedly imminent return of the damaging spruce budworm, which plagued the state’s softwood forests back in the 1970s and 1980s. LePage’s worry abo...

  • Abby's Road: I need a good haircut

    Humorist Fran Lebowitz once said that you’re only as good as your last haircut. I agree with her. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a good haircut. Lebowitz and I share a common philosophy as well as a common enemy. Each of us has hair whose natural inclination is...

  • The Universal Notebook: Mary Mayhew’s war on the poor

    When Mary Mayhew moved from Maine to Arkansas at age 14, she became known as “the brain from Maine,” a Yankee nerd with an interest in politics. Back then and until she went over to the dark side, Mayhew was apparently a Democrat. She grew up in a Democratic family, campaigned ...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: We must boldly go where Maine hasn't recently gone

    Leonard Nimoy died recently after 83 years of accomplished terrestrial life with some small bits spent in Maine. Born to immigrant parents from the Soviet Union, Nimoy grew up in Boston, attended drama classes at Boston College, and joined the U.S. Army Reserves for 18 months until leaving...

  • Letter: Portland International Jetport casts too much light

    Portland International Jetport could be more sustainable ("Portland International Jetport plans for a sustainable future") if it could get its lighting under control. In the new section of PWM there ...

  • Letter: Beem hits the mark on Pledge of Allegiance

    Thanks to Edgar Allen Beem for his excellent column on the Pledge of Allegiance ("Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance"...

  • Letter: Lawsuit against South Portland is a revelation

    Portland Pipe Line Corp. showed its true colors when it decided to sue South Portland over the Clear Skies Ordinance. All along, Portland Pipe Line denied that it would use its facilities for dirty and dangerous tar sands oil. During the 2013 campaign, they even pointed to the fact that they had ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance

    South Portland High School students Lily SanGiovanni, Morrigan Turner and Gaby Ferrell are to be congratulated for their efforts to defend American freedom. The students have drawn criticism in some quarters for asking that students be informed that they should only recite the Pledge of Allegianc...

  • The Right View: Welfare fraud is a fact Maine can't ignore

    One of my father’s favorite sayings was “don’t let me confuse you with the facts.” For all of the emoting, victim parading, and LePage bashing that is currently going on regarding the governor’s attempts at combating welfare fraud in Portland and beyond, all o...

  • Policy Wonk: Reducing Maine income taxes will not create jobs

    Our smiling governor, with his smart Moxie tie and glib argument that income tax cuts will return more money to a town than is lost by ending revenue sharing, cannot mask the truth. Revenue sharing holds the line on municipal property tax increases: Everybody in a town benefits. Income tax...