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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: Candidate says letter misrepresented his comment

    Michele Joyce wrote a letter last week quoting me as saying that as a parent of young children I have at times found the evening School Board s...

  • Letter: Tell Collins Maine supports Clean Power

    What is it they say? “If you don’t like the weather in Maine, just wait a minute.” Well, we are headed into a time of even more unpredictable weather as the impact of a changing climate affects us all, our health, and our wallets more and more. Bigger and more frequent st...

  • Letter: Help strengthen Maine's Clean Election Act

    Maine has been a leader in the effort to get big money out of elections. Through a citizen initiative passed in 1996, Maine established the Clean Election Act, a process through which qualified candidates f...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Perception, reality and the elephants in the room

    There exists a Grand Canyon-esque gap between the general perception of our challenges here in Maine and the various realities we’re facing as a state. If you listen to most politicians, you hear only theatrical rants, hypnotic sound bites and rote promises relating to the symptoms &...

  • 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...

  • Forecaster Forum: Good reasons for Freeport to leave RSU 5

    The good news about the Nov. 4 referendum regarding the withdrawal of Freeport from Regional School Unit 5 is that, no matter the outcome, the children of Freeport, Pownal and Durham can, and hopefully will, continue to be well served in their schools. Nonetheless, factors both economic an...

  • Forecaster Forum: Withdrawal from RSU 5 is too costly for Freeport

    Freeport voters need and deserve to understand the potential financial consequence of withdrawal from Regional School Unit 5, our union with Durham and Pownal for public education. Whether by lack of curiosity or by suppression, elected and appointed officials able to provide this information hav...