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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Scarborough budget problems not locally grown

    It’s budget season in Scarborough, and once again the pitchforks are out in protest of what some view as irresponsible spending. While no one likes to pay higher taxes, much of the rhetoric misses the mark. Rather than targeting the School Board and Town Council, disgruntled taxpayers shoul...

  • Letter: Bickford Hamrock is dedicated to Yarmouth

    Art has emerged and is thriving in Yarmouth. I’m an artist and have lived here for 50 years, worked here for most of them and raised my family here. We’re really lucky to live in such a nurturing and gifted community. Our town’s legacy requires preservation, and no...

  • Letter: Bickford Hamrock will serve Yarmouth well

    I am writing in support of Tamson Bickford Hamrock for Yarmouth Town Council. Over this past year, I have had the opportunity to work with Tamson on Yarmouth’s Economic Development Study Committee. Tamson is a forward thinker, and will bring balance, broad perspectives and many personal and...

  • Policy Wonk: Portland parks initiative preserves a constitutionally protected right

    Maine’s Constitution was amended in 1909 to take back two important powers of the people that had been ceded to the state Legislature: 1) the people’s power, as sovereign, to enact state legislation, and 2) their power to veto “any Acts, bills, resolves, or resolutions” of...

  • Letter: Tracy for Falmouth School Board

    It is my honor to write a letter in support of Danielle Tracy as a candidate for the Falmouth School Board. Danielle will be my successor as president of the Falmouth Ice Hockey Association for the upcoming season. In her previous role as treasurer, she kept a close eye on all spending, and worke...

  • The Universal Notebook: Ready for USM as 'Metro University'?

    When I attended the University of Southern Maine in the 1970s, the university was in the midst of merging the University of Maine in Portland (UMP) with Gorham State College (formerly Gorham Academy, Gorham Normal School and Gorham State Teachers College) to form the University of Maine at Portla...

  • Abby's Road: These are a few of my least favorite things

    I think a lot about pet peeves, including their definition. The “peeve” indicates that they must be an annoyance. The “pet” modifier, though, means they’re special, because they’re mine. There are plenty of things that annoy me, but they distingui...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Great teachers change lives

    Wow. That’s what I thought when I looked at the White House website on May 2 and saw President Barack Obama hugging Karen MacDonald, a teacher from King Middle School, at the ceremony honoring state Teachers of the Year. Karen MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year,...