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  • Abby's Road: My hope for happiness

    She ran with a soft smile on her face, her footfalls quiet, her toes pointed. Every third step, she leaped off the ground, raising her hands above her head and extending her fingers with a dancer’s grace. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, her cadence seemed to be putting her i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The fine-art confidence game

    A Portland art gallery has the local art scene buzzing over the propriety of charging artists to exhibit their work. That battle was fought and largely won by the Union of Maine Visual Artists back in the 1980s, when artist-activist Carlo Pittore led the charge against museums and gallerie...

  • Policy Wonk: Maine Dems share blame for a long, cold winter

    It always surprises me when large numbers of people vote against their own self-interest. Women who vote for candidates who oppose choice, equal pay for women, child care and preschool programs. Unemployed and low- or middle-income people who vote for candidates who cut taxes for the wealt...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community service makes a great gift

    Holiday-season advertisements focus on all the stuff we can give or receive as gifts. However, you won’t see mention of service to others. Yet community service is a very valuable gift and it’s one that many local businesses, organizations, and individuals bestow on the Portlan...

  • Letter: Falmouth police officer spreads good cheer

    This past Saturday around 6 a.m. I was in the drive-through lane at Dunkin' Donuts on the Gray Road to get a treat for my husband for breakfast. I noticed that the car in front of me was a Falmouth police car. When I got to the window to pay, the cashier told me that the policeman had payed for m...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine Yarmouthians are in great company

    You can’t live in “New” England without being aware of “Old” England and our social, political and organizational links and genealogy to the other side of the great pond. Despite going on 239 years old, America is still quite young when compared with many othe...

  • The Right View: Collins may not be exciting, but she gets the job done

    With the Democrats’ ongoing and entertaining confusion over Gov. Paul LePage’s victory, the continuing drama surrounding the state Senate District 25 seat, and U.S. Sen. Angus King’s schizophrenia over whom he will caucus with in the new year, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hasn’...

  • The Universal Notebook: Fade to bittersweet

    Drifting into the dark depths of December, the loss of color is profound. The wet, cold, lifeless browns, grays and whites of winter have overtaken the landscape such that even the evergreens seem colorless. Where color does exist however, it is as conspicuous and incongruous as a loud tie with a...

  • Policy Wonk: Train police to be defusers, not killers

    Almost everyone following the recent fatal shooting by a law enforcement officer of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, is focused on the racial dimension of the case, and that is certainly appropriate. The inequality of justice that blacks, Hispanics (and other racial groups) confront i...

  • Letter: Don't rush decision on Yarmouth Route 1 bridge

    The Nov. 24 Yarmouth Town Council meeting, billed as an information meeting about designs and costs for replacing or removing the Route 1 bridge over Main Street, was hostile territory for those wanting full consideration of alternatives. Most people there wanted to replace the bridge and were an...