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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • The Universal Notebook: Of patriots, politicos and military pawns

    Pompous plutocrat Donald Trump seems to be getting away with questioning whether Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who spent five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp, is a hero. The Donald, who has never served anyone other than himself, says he prefers heroes who were not captured...

  • Abby's Road: A conversation about black and white

    One summer evening, the camp I attended assembled its teenage girls for an Olympics of sorts. We were divided into our units of cabins, and challenged to send up the girl who best satisfied quite random categories of characteristics or capabilities. From the entire pool of nearly one hundr...

  • Letter: Scarborough rep in lockstep with LePage

    After what was a particularly undistinguished first year in the Legislature, Rep. Karen Vachon, R-Scarborough, cast what will likely be the defining vote of her brief political career. Maine voters have overwhelmingly voted for bonds to fund the highly successful Land for Maine’s Fut...

  • The Right View: Nuclear deal puts Iran in the driver's seat

    How many of you have read the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal? I have to tell you, it was a struggle to take seriously anything beyond the preface, the preamble and general provisions, given that it starts off by stating that the agreement is based...

  • The Universal Notebook: Phyllis and the 'Queen Bee'

    Phyllis Austin and Roxanne Quimby are two of my favorite Maine people. I have known Austin, Maine’s leading environmental writer, for close to 35 years, having worked with her on the staff of Maine Times in the 1980s and 1990s. I have met Roxanne, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, jus...

  • Policy Wonk: Bond holdup is LePage’s latest blunder

    Let me repeat something I’ve previously said: The governor does not have the power to refuse to issue voter-approved bonds. The Maine Constitution says “any measure referred to the people and approved by a majority of the votes thereon ... shall take effect and become a law ......

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith should read a little more

    More than a week has passed since Julie McDonald-Smith favored readers with her latest diatribe against "progressives," claiming all of them plot doggedly to destroy our nation from within. As usual, several astute readers pointed out the errors in her historic cites, confusing 17th-century autoc...

  • Letter: Religion was integral part of founders' lives

    Regarding the founding fathers and religion, reference the July 6 column by Julie McDonald-Smith and last week's testy responses by Barbara Doughty, Nancy O'Hagan, William Slavick and Dennis Wilkins. Some historians identify seven founding fathers: John Adams, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamil...