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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Falmouth shouldn't alter Tidewater Master Plan

    I believe the Falmouth Town Council should respect the award-winning Tidewater Master Plan and delineation of zoning. The plan calls for a delicate balance with small businesses and residential housing sharing a common neighborhood. On July 28, 2014, the council passed sweeping changes to ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Sign of a misspent youth

    “A proficiency at billiards is a sign of a misspent youth” is an old saw often incorrectly attributed to both Mark Twain and English philosopher Herbert Spencer. Spencer did say it, but he maintained that he was simply repeating a comment he heard at the Athenaeum Club in Londo...

  • The Right View: 2015 could be the year of the Maine conservative

    Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2015 than to highlight the bright spots conservatives the state over can hopefully, as well as assuredly, anticipate. We're a year closer to President Obama's exit from our national stage. Thank God. I'm choosing to focus on that, rather than the ...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: We are the new barbarians

    The Roman Empire was a brutal era that featured gladiators who routinely fought slaves, other gladiators and wild animals, usually to the death, while thousands of people cheered. The floor of the Roman Coliseum was a pool of blood by the end of each event. The Romans were sadistic and bar...

  • Letter: Columnist displays selective news judgment

    In Julie McDonald-Smith's last column, she declared that the "news media has lost credibility, and is firmly in the tank for all things progressive, and simply cannot be trusted to report the news." This appears six paragraphs after she quotes an article from the Bangor Daily News with which she ...

  • Letter: Don't buy the claim that tax cuts create jobs

    Conventional wisdom claims cutting job creators' personal income tax rates creates jobs. Not true. Businesses small and large are motivated to derive income and create profits. Employees are a cost item. In 35 years of corporate management experience and as a former owner of a small business, nev...

  • Letter: Sports bar incompatible with Falmouth neighborhood

    “Why would you want to live like this?,” my father asked when we purchased our home in Falmouth's Tidewater Farms. “You have no acreage. No privacy. No room for a swimming pool.” Growing up in Maine I knew that standard home-buying procedure meant having a center-ha...

  • Letter: Column illustrates what's wrong with parties

    Julie McDonald’s column criticizing Democrats in the state Senate District 25 ballot controversy makes it clear that she is a staunch Republican. The final tally giving the win to the Democrat was for her obviously very disappointing. She blamed the Democrats for the publicity involved, des...