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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Green candidate sees 'seeds of change' in vote

    I write to congratulate Democratic state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky on re-election, and Republican Jennifer Johnson on a strong showing, in Senate District 24 (Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport, Pownal and North Yarmouth). To everyone who supported me, especially my family and the thousands of citizens who...

  • Letter: Brunswick councilor-elect promises to listen

    I would like to thank the people of Brunswick for coming out to vote, in masses, and especially for giving their support to me for the at-large seat on the Town Council. I have been truly humbled by the people I have met and the support I have received. I promise to do my best to represent all th...

  • Letter: Yarmouth's Cooper thanks House District 47 voters

    The campaign to represent House District 47 (Yarmouth, Chebeague Island and Long Island) was hard-fought, but always civil. I am humbled that the voters of all three towns chose me to represent them in the 127th Maine Legislature. I will continue to devote my time and energy to the task, always k...

  • Letter: Respect, not prayer, is the remedy for bullying

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s column advocating for prayer and even Bible study in schools as a part of the remedy for school bullying fails to take into account the vast number of students who are harassed because of an LGBT identity or expression that conflicts with Christian and otherwise conse...

  • Letter: School prayer is just another form of bullying

    Question for columnist Julie McDonald-Smith: So what should we teach children in the classroom about prayers? That the Chinese don't pray to God, yet have fewer gun murders than the Bible Belt? That Third-World people pray like mad, yet continue to live under tragic and crushing economic c...

  • The Universal Notebook: You won’t have Cutler to kick around anymore

    As I write this five days before the election, I have no idea who won the gubernatorial race, but I know it wasn’t independent Eliot Cutler. And it never was going to be. In a self-serving concession speech-that’s-not-a-concession speech, Cutler acknowledged that after four yea...

  • Abby's Road: Life is a risk worth taking

    My grandfather joked that the person who would most enjoy a funeral is the deceased. He insisted that the unabashed commemoration of life offered decent consolation for the fact of death. My sisters and I dutifully laughed through our eye-rolling and shushing. In late October, I att...

  • Short Relief: The case for mandatory Ebola quarantine

    Ebola was identified in the 1970s. Since then, the World Health Organization has documented 24 outbreaks, all in West Africa. They ranged from one to 425 reported cases, with mortality rates of between 25 percent and 100 percent, resulting in between one and 280 deaths. The current outbrea...