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  • The Universal Notebook: Literary exiles in Maine

    Some of the most interesting writers who ever worked in Maine did not write about Maine. When it comes to Maine, I’m as chauvinistic as a native gets, a local yokel who never ventured very far afield, but for some reason I have rarely been interested in Maine writers, with the possible exce...

  • Letter: Cape Elizabeth gun club neighbors oppose growth

    I am writing in response to the article “Cape Elizabeth gun club faces new obstacles.” Concerned neighbors did not seek to &ld...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith delivers 'errors, innuendo'

    I wonder if Julie McDonald-Smith was as outraged by the actions of the Bush-Cheney administration as she is by the supposed lawlessness of President Obama? It would almost be laughable, were it not so serious, to vilify a president who implemented a system that allows millions of Americans to hav...

  • Letter: Vote for Bellows for U.S. senator

    I can't imagine what it's like to work in Maine for minimum wage. I can't imagine working hard for 40 hours a week and having a paycheck of $15,000 for a year's work (before deductions). Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, will vote to increase the minimum wage to...

  • Letter: We should be ashamed of veterans' treatment

    Such a good, but enraging and sad, letter by Mack Googins on June 19 describing his repeated, futile efforts for attention from the Veterans Administration to his brother's need. This is merely one of many important areas in which our country needs to pull up its socks. Do not call America great ...

  • Letter: Columnist McDonald-Smith needs a history lesson

    Julie McDonald-Smith's "Far" Right View has managed to opine across a broad spectrum of right-wing talking points. What immigration law is not being enforced? Should children who came to the U.S. through no fault of their own and lived most of their lives in the U.S. be deported? Concerning priso...

  • Letter: New EPA standards need Collins' support

    Recently, the Obama administration took a big step forward toward addressing climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on the amount of carbon dioxide existing power plants can emit into the air. Our nation’s power plants account for 40 percent of all domestic carb...

  • Letter: Watson grateful to House District 51 voters

    On June 10, House District 51 citizens went to the polls and supported my candidacy to represent them in Augusta. I am humbled by the amount of support I received and I want to personally thank the voters of Harpswell, West Bath, and Brunswick. I'm a local candidate, one who values coopera...

  • The Universal Notebook: Phil & Ethan & Hannah & Roger

    Amid all the partisanship and polarization that characterizes the political life of Maine and the nation these days, it’s refreshing to see Republicans and Democrats who can get along in public. Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling and Hannah Pingree and Roger Katz seem to have carved o...

  • The View From Away: Characters, and character, make Maine hard to leave

    By the time you read this, Carol, Elizabeth, our dogs Ruby and Blackie, and I will be well on the road to our new home in Denver, Colorado. We are leaving almost six years to the day since we trekked from Los Angeles to Portland, so, sadly, this will be my last regular column. I hope to ch...