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Opinion

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 1 to ban bear baiting

    Growing up in Aroostook County shaped my unwavering work ethic, respect for community and family, and passion for stewardship of the natural environment and creatures in it. Being from "The County" made me care about things in a way people "from away" don’t quite understand. I grew u...

  • Letter: Ewe can count on folks in North Yarmouth

    This is a letter of thanks to the friends, neighbors and passersby who stopped to help my family capture our wayward ewe. Our adventures began on a Saturday with our purchase of two ewes from a farm in Brunswick. We loaded them into our trailer and headed home. Imagine our distress when, upon arr...

  • Letter: Support Democrat Pierce in House District 44

    I served on the building construction committee for Falmouth’s new elementary school with Teresa Pierce for three years. As with every committee, natural leaders emerge, and Teresa was clearly that leader. Teresa was able to synthesize information in a way that helped move the committee thr...

  • Letter: Looking forward to Graham's re-election

    When I think of strong voices on health-care issues, one of the people to come to mind is House District 46 Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth. A nurse practitioner and stalwart advocate for increasing access to care, Graham has used her experience and expertise to develop and pass measures to im...

  • Letter: Health care for women an election issue

    If voters care about women’s health in Maine, they should think carefully about this year’s election for governor. Since 2010, more than 200 restrictions on abortion rights have been passed in state legislatures, usually disguised as bills to “keep women safe.” Poli...

  • The Universal Notebook: Don't feed the bears

    Let’s get something straight before we start: I was born and brought up in Maine and I am not opposed to hunting for sustenance or for sport. That said, I will be voting Yes on Question 1 on Nov. 4. Question 1 asks, “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in b...

  • Abby's Road: Feel the warmth of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    It has been said that one is the loneliest number. In contrast, 1,000 can feel isolating, and zero can be as haunting as a deserted island. Just a few years ago, the numbers Peter Frates cared about were associated with RBIs, batting averages, or his Boston College captain’s jersey. ...

  • Forecaster Forum: LePage gets things done, even in divided government

    I represented Topsham in the Maine Legislature during Gov. Paul LePage's first two years in office. With the first Republican majority in 40 years, we brought a much-needed change to the status quo in Augusta. But I've noticed that even as the Legislature fell back under Democratic control...

  • Policy Wonk: Debunking myths about a higher minimum wage

    There is a growing sentiment in Maine and the nation that it’s time to raise the minimum wage – some would say it's “high time.” Current minimums – $7.25 at the federal level, $7.50 in Maine – were established in 2009. Neither rate is adjusted for inflat...

  • Letter: Yarmouth neighborhood isn't 'in transition'

    Thank you for covering the proposed development on East Main Street in Yarmouth. This would be a significant change to my neighborhood, and it sets a precedent for other areas in town to be affected by the new zoning codes. Residents deserve information about this issue and how it will ...