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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...

  • Letter: Bush shouldn't take pride in fundraising

    We the people should be enraged that a handful of donors to Jeb Bush’s campaign raised $114 million in the blink of an eye and were challenged to raise more. That money is for one purpose only: to buy influence denied to the rest of us. Bush shouldn’t gloat that he set a new record in...

  • Letter: Facts matter in conversation about religion

    Letter-writer Barbara Doughty erroneously states that the word “God” does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Federalist Papers (

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The ugly truth behind beauty pageants

    Steve Woods is from away, but fully here now, living in Yarmouth, working in Falmouth, traveling the world, and trying his best. His column appears every other week. He can also be heard each Saturday at 11 a.m. on WLOB-AM 1310.

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith needs a history lesson

    Julia McDonald-Smith is long on opinion, short on substance. "An Independence Day gift from the pulpit" (The Right View, July 6) cites a priest's homily, which, save for faulting the abortion of "3,000 innocent lives per day," otherwise, from McDonald-Smith's summary, appears to merely reh...

  • Letter: Land trust will be vigilant on Cumberland property

    In the ongoing conversation about the Payson/Broad Cove property in Cumberland, it’s important to remember three important points. First, unlike all other conservation easements the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust holds, the easement written by Marion Payson and her lawyer allo...

  • The Universal Notebook: The life-changing magic of making a mess

    One of my daughters is reading and mastering the rituals of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," by Marie Kondo, a book that has spent 35 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list and sold 2 million copies worldwide. I could have wri...

  • Abby's Road: Serena Williams aces the part of role model

    Dear Serena, A few months ago, my daughter asked my husband and me why women are not allowed to be president of the United States. She was 6 at the time. We responded with a question of our own: What in the world led her to that conclusion? Her answer was matter-of-fact: We had just...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland schools on a path of continued success

    After three years as superintendent of the Portland Public Schools, I’m headed “home” to Kentucky to lead the 40,000-student Fayette County Public Schools. I consider Kentucky home because I have a personal connection to the state. My grandfather moved there in search of ...