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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Cumberland needs waterfront access

    Somehow, we have lost Cumberland's connection to the sea. What public property we did have along our shore became private and exclusive. When we think of Cumberland, we think of fields and farms, woodlands and open space. Cumberland needs to re-establish waterfront access for all. The Pays...

  • Letter: Freeport athletics will flourish without RSU 5

    I’d like to dispel the myth that a stand-alone Freeport school system will be bad for our athletic program. As a parent of a former three-season Falcon, I can assure you that Freeport High School had athletic successes prior to consolidation. The maroon banners hanging in the gymnasium are ...

  • Letter: Breen's record is right for the Senate

    For many years, I have known Democrat Cathy Breen as a community builder and civic leader. She has been consistently involved with regional civic associations and local government. As a leader in the Falmouth Town Council, she gained enormous respect among citizens for her willingness to listen t...

  • The Universal Notebook: USM needs advocates, not apologists

    Back in May, in a column about the ongoing financial woes at the University of Southern Maine, I blamed the problem on “...

  • The Right View: Beware the 'Community Schools' movement in Maine

    The further takeover by the state of traditionally family- and parent-held roles just keeps coming. The key is to create a problem, then control the approach to “fixing” it. Couch whatever it is you are trying to do in feel-good, politically correct language and you will find yourself...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Please, Eliot, 'don't be a Cutler'

    Dear Eliot, I am writing to you with a personal plea: Please publicly announce your withdrawal from the governor’s race on Friday, Oct. 17. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that you endorse or support either Gov. Paul LePage or U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, just that you recogn...

  • Forecaster Forum: Bond will update, remediate Falmouth Memorial Library

    Falmouth voters have the opportunity in November to authorize the town to issue a bond to pay for half the cost of expanding Falmouth Memorial Library. I’d like to take the opportunity to address several questions residents may have when considering how to vote on the library referendum.

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth library bond puts cart before the horse

    In November, Falmouth voters will be asked to authorize spending up to $2.81 million of town bonds to finance half the cost to renovate and expand the Falmouth Memorial Library, to be matched by funds to be provided by the library through a capital campaign and "other fundraising efforts.”