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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Send Payeur, Manchester to the Legislature

    Republicans Cathy Manchester and Greg Payeur have both proven they are smart, fair, committed, and most importantly, listen carefully to all sides before making informed, balanced decisions. After witnessing hyper-partisan politics a little too up close and personal, we deserve to be represented ...

  • Letter: No on 2 to keep Cumberland 'special'

    Residents of Cumberland circulated a petition and collected 600 signatures from voters to bring to ballot referendum Question 2. The wording is cumbersome and confusing, but it all comes down to character. Cumberland has always had a character of integrity and timelessness that appeals to ...

  • Letter: Yes on Cumberland waterfront purchase

    What a great time to be part of history. This is not really about you or me. It’s about access to Casco Bay for all Cumberland residents. Forever. The ballot question is very cryptic. It essentially says, should Cumberland buy a piece of land for $3 million? Here’s how t...

  • Letter: Keep the Harris Road dead end in Cumberland

    Please vote no on Question 2 in Cumberland: no contract zone, to help retain a safe dead-end road and save property taxes. Fifty-three percent of the residents surveyed for the Comprehensive Plan did not want Harris Road to become a throughway, yet the town pursued it. The taxpayers will have to ...

  • Letter: Elect Watson in House District 51

    I've known Byron Watson for many years. He loves his family and community. He is well versed in politics and cares deeply about our system our governing. The House District 51 House race is important and I think we need a local voice to represent it. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins agrees that Byron is t...

  • Letter: Whole RSU 5 is better than its parts

    Since 2008, the same year Regional School Unit 5 was formed, we have witnessed many changes. Among them: The deepest recession since the Great Depression; dramatic reductions in state education funding; implementation of Common Core Standards; proficiency-based diploma requirements; new st...

  • Letter: Denno for state rep in District 45

    I am writing to endorse Democrat Dale Denno, whom I have known since 1985, for state representative from House District 45. Dale has extensive legal and financial experience, having worked in both private industry and for the state as an assistant AG and as head of the largest agency within the D...

  • Letter: Don't gamble on withdrawal from RSU 5

    I am the mother of three boys and this is my ninth straight year with a student at Freeport High School. The benefits from Regional School Unit 5 are obvious to our family. The youngest has had more academic opportunities especially in science, stronger sports teams and a far more diverse social ...