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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Don't buy the claim that tax cuts create jobs

    Conventional wisdom claims cutting job creators' personal income tax rates creates jobs. Not true. Businesses small and large are motivated to derive income and create profits. Employees are a cost item. In 35 years of corporate management experience and as a former owner of a small business, nev...

  • Letter: Sports bar incompatible with Falmouth neighborhood

    “Why would you want to live like this?,” my father asked when we purchased our home in Falmouth's Tidewater Farms. “You have no acreage. No privacy. No room for a swimming pool.” Growing up in Maine I knew that standard home-buying procedure meant having a center-ha...

  • Letter: Column illustrates what's wrong with parties

    Julie McDonald’s column criticizing Democrats in the state Senate District 25 ballot controversy makes it clear that she is a staunch Republican. The final tally giving the win to the Democrat was for her obviously very disappointing. She blamed the Democrats for the publicity involved, des...

  • Letter: North Yarmouth or North Korea? You decide

    Regarding the issue at North Yarmouth Fire Rescue, it is important to reiterate that this is not about washing cars. Bill Young was illegally fired for exercising his right to petition the government. But as town leaders have chosen to focus on their ill-intentioned policy of not allowing NYFR me...

  • Letter: Library serves Scarborough better than ice arena

    It is my opinion that a new ice arena should not be situated on town land across from the Scarborough Public Library. Building the hockey rink there will: deprive the library of overflow parking for its well-attended, free events; eliminate two basketball courts that provide free unorganiz...

  • Letter: The nightmare that is 'political realism'

    Orlando Delogu's recent column, "Maine Dems share blame for a long, cold winter," succinctly posits the argument of many: Why do lar...

  • Letter: Restaurant-bar proposal not the right fit for Falmouth

    The proposed Rivalries sports pub in Falmouth is too big a facility on too small a lot. The current proposal is out of step with local goals and local zoning ordinances. Falmouth requires buildings to provide adequate parking. The proposal, for a pub at least the size of the Foreside Taver...

  • Letter: North Yarmouth's problems start at the top

    Fired North Yarmouth firefighter Bill Young is my brother. However, I am writing as a 40-plus-year resident of North Yarmouth and a 35-plus-year manager in health care. Over the years I have listened to the complaints of not just my brother, but of many of the firefighters and rescue volunteers a...