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  • Abby's Road: My hope for happiness

    She ran with a soft smile on her face, her footfalls quiet, her toes pointed. Every third step, she leaped off the ground, raising her hands above her head and extending her fingers with a dancer’s grace. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, her cadence seemed to be putting her i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The fine-art confidence game

    A Portland art gallery has the local art scene buzzing over the propriety of charging artists to exhibit their work. That battle was fought and largely won by the Union of Maine Visual Artists back in the 1980s, when artist-activist Carlo Pittore led the charge against museums and gallerie...

  • Letter: Collins should support Clean Power Plan

    I love spending time with my grandchildren in Maine’s beautiful landscape, and the effects of climate change on our amazing state trouble my heart. There are already obvious signs of warming just outside my doorstep: ticks infesting fields, more rain and ice in the winter, shorter skiing se...

  • Abby's Road: Injustice in the name of justice

    Last week, we learned that a grand jury found no probable cause to charge Officer Darren Wilson with a crime for his role in a fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Then we learned that Ray Rice was immediately eligible to return to the NFL, months after he had been indefinitely suspended ...

  • Letter: Senate District 25 election requires bipartisan probe

    On Election Day in the town of Long Island, 171 voters checked in and were certified at the polls. When the votes were counted election night, the number of votes equaled the number of voters at 171. At the subsequent recount, 192 ballots were found in the ballot box. This discrepancy of 21 votes...

  • Letter: Voters with large amygdalas send a loud message

    Democrats did lousy in the recent elections. Theories abound. Edgar Allen Beem explained. His brilliant analysis, from Psychology Today: Voters in rural Maine, anti-intellectual conservatives possessing “larger amygdalas,” responded to the simplicity of LePage’s campaign pitch. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Refugees and immigrants and aliens, oh my!

    President Obama has taken executive action on immigration because Congress has failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans are howling mad, insisting Obama has gone too far this time. Personally, I don’t think he went far enough. Obama has exercised his executive au...

  • Editor's Notebook: The call of turkey fails to fill an empty nest

    It took me until Black Friday dinner, a full day after Thanksgiving, to figure out why I was feeling so – to use a word I'll forever associate, thanks to Charles Dickens, with another holiday of the season – melancholy. It wasn't because my wife was sick, and sounded ...

  • Short Relief: You've got to have friends

    The acrimonious 2014 campaigns and a 2012 opinion poll that found partisans don’t associate with their opposition has fueled debate about whether Republicans and Democrats can get along, much less be friends. The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only about 10 ...

  • Letter: Community Band adds to Cumberland festivities

    I would like to thank Mike Profetti and the Community Band for an outstanding performance at the Cumberland tree-lighting ceremony that was held on Nov. 30. It was their initial performance and they were warmly received by an enthusiastic audience. Hopefully we’ll hear more from them in the...