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  • 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...

  • Letter: Vote for Manchester in Senate District 25

    Aren't you glad Falmouth is not part of an RSU mired in an expensive divorce? Democrat Cathy Breen was an avid supporter of school consolidation for Falmouth. She did not listen. She was dismissive and patronizing to opposing views on school consolidation. Cathy Breen is a progressive with...

  • Letter: Vote no on Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    When school consolidation was thrust upon us, no one was happy about the idea. After more than a year of research, planning and hard work, an Regional School Unit 5 was formed. It was rocky at the start. After several years of contention, compromise, conflicts and concessions, we collectively hav...

  • The Universal Notebook: Bumping, grinding and moralizing

    High school students in Scarborough and Gorham recently walked out on school dances when school officials forbid them from grinding, a form of dancing in which a dancer typically rubs his/her pelvis against his/her partner’s backside. Disgusting, right? Lewd. Obscene. All decent folk...

  • Abby's Road: The young family and the sea

    Bobbing on the gentle waves of Casco Bay, we quietly willed the situation not to deteriorate. We were riding in a borrowed, eight-person motorboat. We had spent the morning cruising the coast. We were passing Diamond Cove and aiming for home and nap time. Out of the corner of my eye...

  • Policy Wonk: Maine’s health care policy is costly

    The cost of Maine's health care policy is mounting as we speak. For example, decisions made early in the LePage administration to shrink the state’s Medicaid program by narrowing eligibility requirements have (from 2012 to 2013) increased the number of individuals without health insu...

  • Letter: Think Snow in House District 47

    We will vote for Republican Rick Snow to represent House District 47. He believes that parents are best suited to determine if their child is receiving an appropriate education. He would have voted for alternative educational opportunities such as charter schools and online learning. His opponent...

  • Letter: Support Snow in Yarmouth House race

    Republican Rick Snow is a natural, extremely experienced leader that truly cares about people and will work hard to have our voices heard in Augusta. When our Yarmouth marinas were struggling to have our concerns about chemicals related to dam removal be heard, it was a phone call to Rick Snow th...

  • Letter: Cape Elizabeth library renovation a worthwhile investment

    We will vote for the Cape Elizabeth Thomas Memorial Library renovation because it benefits us both directly and indirectly. Directly, the library’s benefits include welcoming us into a new community when we moved back to Maine. The renovation will be even more welcoming. Also, we sav...