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  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Welcome to the United Suckers of America

    Bless the Maine People’s Alliance and Maine AFL-CIO for seeking a referendum vote on raising the minimum wage. If you work for a living and you oppose an increase in the minimum wage, you are being suckered by the rich and the right. That makes you one of the causes of poverty in Ame...

  • Abby's Road: Hoping to be 'grounded in gratitude'

    I can't stand whining. The substance of it, and the sound of it, are like nails on a chalkboard. Sometimes it feels as though I am stuck in a classroom surrounded by itchy fiends in need of a manicure. My children do not lead overly luxurious lives. They can, however, walk into a ki...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Gambling with Maine’s future

    HVOLSVOLLUR, ICELAND — I’m here in the beautiful country of Iceland with my son Zack, and I’m slightly bummed out. It’s 3 a.m. EDT, and when I began this column my intent was to share some details of what has been one of the most incredible travel adventures of my l...

  • Letter: Hear 'Sacred Stories' at South Portland City Hall

    It is a gift each semester as I prepare my college students for their end-of-semester event: "Sacred Stories." As non-native English speakers, these young men and women do something that most never dare to do in our lifetime: speak publicly. Not only do they do this, but they share the most intim...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'Flats' resident appreciates Route 1 sidewalks

    I'd like to thank the Town Council of Falmouth for voting to give us sidewalks on Route 1 in the "Flats" area. These sidewalks have greatly improved our quality of life and safety. As everyone knows, Route 1 is very busy. The people in my neighborhood use these sidewalks all the time. Now ...

  • Letter: Praise for Planned Parenthood's first 50 years

    I’ve often wondered how the world would be different if men had the primary responsibility for controlling their fertility. I believe very strongly that women have just as much potential as men and should have equal opportunities for reaching that potential. But they don’t. And one bi...

  • Letter: Medical building won't fit in South Portland neighborhood

    I am writing as a concerned resident of Sawyer Street in relation to the Martin’s Point proposal for the Hamlin School property. I purchased my home this fall. I purchased my home based on location, proximity to green space, the slow-paced community feel, and the fact that it was located ne...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...