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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Reactionary laws have unintended consequences

    Back in 1993, in response to a ballot-tampering scandal, Maine voters imposed term limits on members of the Legislature. The idea was to unseat longtime Speaker of the House John Martin, D-Eagle Lake. It didn’t work. Reactionary laws rarely do. Martin is now a member of the Ma...

  • Abby's Road: Sunscreen has long-term benefits, short-term pitfalls

    Trying to apply sunscreen to a child is like trying to pick up a greased watermelon that moves like a slinky and protests like a march on Washington. I have had seven years to hone my technique. I always feel as if it is my first time introducing SPF to someone who cannot spell SPF. Experi...

  • Short Relief: Assistance for asylum-seekers is a balancing act

    The 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees and 1967 Protocol articulated standards, procedures, rights and benefits for the protection of persons fleeing persecution. Since then, about 150 countries have joined the convention. They have been trying to harmonize and align their laws, st...

  • Letter: No excuses for LePage's pattern of abuse

    It can be said the governor of Maine is approaching a breakdown. In a terribly short span of time, he would have a cartoonist shot, have Lewiston lawmakers rounded-up and executed in the public square, has exercised abuse of power threatening a cut-off of state funds to a private charter school i...

  • Letter: Protecting asylum-seekers is a cost worth bearing

    Asylum is a prescription to heal from and prevent government persecution, including genocide, that Maine Republican legislators now resent as a “budgeting problem.” To be granted asylum in this country, asylum-seekers must provide observed medical and psychological evidence of wounds ...

  • Letter: Falmouth candidate laments 'special interests'

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me in my run for a Falmouth Town Council seat. It is a shame that partisan politics and special interest play such a vital role when it comes to electing a a person to the Town Council. I strongly feel this practice dis...

  • Forecaster Forum: A Saltie's reflection on the demise of Salt

    The first documentary project I completed at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland was a collaborative radio piece. I wrote and narrated a story about a

  • The Universal Notebook: Trans-Pacific Partnership is terrible public policy

    The far right sees President Obama as a socialist radical, but from where I sit out here in left field, he looks more and more like a Chamber of Commerce capitalist. Heck, Obama is one of the best friends Corporate America has ever had in the White House. He saved the auto industry, bailed...