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Opinion

  • Policy Wonk: Statewide jails need a chance to succeed

    Maine has a statewide court system, a statewide Public Utilities Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation. We attempt to equalize educational opportunity by distributing school aid statewide. We have a statewide university system. Why? Beca...

  • Abby's Road: Not drowning is a major accomplishment

    When a person’s performance is characterized as treading water, it’s not meant as a compliment. To be treading water suggests a lack of motivation or capacity for forward progress. It implies stagnation, maybe even laziness. We learn to crawl so that we can learn to walk...

  • Letter: Falmouth shouldn't rezone Tidewater property

    In the fall of 2011, we enthusiastically purchased a house being built on Farm Gate Road in Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. We were very excited, as the Tidewater Farm Master Plan, which took several years to develop, outlined a plan that we were very comfortable with at this over-70 point in our liv...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Anyone can write, only a few are Columnists

    First my confession: I’m not a real newspaper columnist. Not even close. I’m a hack who can’t even spell the word punctuation without spell check, I determine colon and semicolon placement by coin flip, and it’s an utter mystery to me if my words here will have any ...

  • The Right View: Education policy that's rotten to the core

    That’s it. I’m done. I am refusing to allow my children to participate in any Common Core-related assessments, surveys, tests – anything, now that testing has begun in earnest in our schools. Here's why. The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Cu...

  • The Universal Notebook: Dictates of the dead

    High on the list of subjects about which I am greatly ambivalent, conflicted and inconsistent is the time-honored tradition of allowing the dead to dictate to us what we, the living, can and cannot do. Not to do so, I suppose, would be to abrogate a system of laws, yet I very often find my...

  • Short Relief: A tale of 2 speeches

    Gov. Paul LePage delivered his second inaugural address with a firm and confident voice. Gone was the nervous, "Chief Inspector Dreyfus" laugh that sometimes punctuated his remarks during the campaign. He took credit for his accomplishments; in particular, for paying off the hospital debt ...

  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Abby's Road: The 12th football speaks

    I am the 9.16 percent. I am the Edward Snowden of the pigskin community. I am the 12th football. This is my first public statement. Jan. 18, 2015, started like any other Sunday between preseason and postseason. I awoke in my gunmetal cage to the sounds of Vince Wilfork tap-dancing. ...