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  • Letter: Columnist ignores shortfalls of LePage policies

    In response to Julie MacDonald-Smith's list of candidate accomplishments: ignoring the demonizing of Gov. Paul LePage's public personality, focus only on policy. The administration's refusal to expand Medicaid as covered by the Affordable Care Law has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollar...

  • The Universal Notebook: Monopolizing the medium

    If the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice antitrust lawyers ever had an easy-peasy, slam-dunk decision to make, it is to deny the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Just about the only parties who think that merging the cable colossi is a great ...

  • Abby's Road: Walking on eggshells in my own back yard

    The acorns are falling, the leaves not far behind, And I’m bracing for what will occupy the mind Of the man who designed and built a chicken coop, That he filled with actual chickens who roam our yard in a loop. “They are beautiful!” he lies to me on...

  • Policy Wonk: Disinvestment in UMaine is staggering

    In 1968, the University of Maine System was founded, pulling seven campuses under a single board and chancellor. The Legislature appropriated 15.2 percent of undedicated state revenues to meet the operating budget of the system. In 2013, the Legislature appropriated 6.3 percent of undedica...

  • Forecaster Forum: Lost history, found awareness

    As this summer waned, the national hot topic once again concerned racism. In Ferguson, Missouri, a police officer shot and killed a black teenager named Michael Brown, whose hands were raised in surrender. We had the same conversation a summer ago after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimm...

  • Letter: Freeport should back expansion of bus service

    The question before the Freeport Town Council is whether to approve expansion of METRO bus service. Public transportation is right for practical, philosophical, environmental and societal reasons. Public transportation access for Freeport makes sense now, rather than waiting until gas prices soar...

  • Letter: Breen's experience is needed in Maine Senate

    We are encouraging you to vote for Democrat Cathy Breen in state Senate District 25 (Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Chebeague Island and part of Westbrook). Cathy served on the Falmouth Town Council and as a result possesses an in-depth understanding of how good government works ...

  • Letter: Be alert about stopped school buses

    With the warm and humid weather we've been experiencing lately, I've occasionally had a feeling of surprise when I've seen school buses picking up and dropping off children in South Portland, only to remember a few seconds later, "This is September, not August, and school is back in session."...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith misses the point about coexisting

    I can't tell if Julie McDonald-Smith is intentionally misrepresenting and insulting people she labels liberal, or if she is actually that ignorant and misinformed about people who really are liberal.   Her convoluted "reasoning" manages to attribute meanings to "COEXI...

  • Letter: Watson's background is right for state House

    House District 51 voters have the chance to send a local representative to Augusta this November. Republican Byron Watson is not only a native of our district, he’s active in our community, serving on a number of boards and committees, coaching basketball and soccer, and volunteering his ti...