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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Letter: No respect in North Yarmouth

    I have noticed that the town fathers are lamenting the poor turnout for North Yarmouth Town Meeting. I did not attend because I am tired of the perceived lordliness of the selectmen. They claim to want more participation, yet treat those who try to do just that as a vexatious nuisance. At ...

  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Welcome to the United Suckers of America

    Bless the Maine People’s Alliance and Maine AFL-CIO for seeking a referendum vote on raising the minimum wage. If you work for a living and you oppose an increase in the minimum wage, you are being suckered by the rich and the right. That makes you one of the causes of poverty in Ame...

  • Abby's Road: Hoping to be 'grounded in gratitude'

    I can't stand whining. The substance of it, and the sound of it, are like nails on a chalkboard. Sometimes it feels as though I am stuck in a classroom surrounded by itchy fiends in need of a manicure. My children do not lead overly luxurious lives. They can, however, walk into a ki...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Gambling with Maine’s future

    HVOLSVOLLUR, ICELAND — I’m here in the beautiful country of Iceland with my son Zack, and I’m slightly bummed out. It’s 3 a.m. EDT, and when I began this column my intent was to share some details of what has been one of the most incredible travel adventures of my l...

  • Letter: Hear 'Sacred Stories' at South Portland City Hall

    It is a gift each semester as I prepare my college students for their end-of-semester event: "Sacred Stories." As non-native English speakers, these young men and women do something that most never dare to do in our lifetime: speak publicly. Not only do they do this, but they share the most intim...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'Flats' resident appreciates Route 1 sidewalks

    I'd like to thank the Town Council of Falmouth for voting to give us sidewalks on Route 1 in the "Flats" area. These sidewalks have greatly improved our quality of life and safety. As everyone knows, Route 1 is very busy. The people in my neighborhood use these sidewalks all the time. Now ...