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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: 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: Older voters should back withdrawal from RSU

    As a reluctantly admitted member of Freeport's senior citizen cadre, I am going to vote for withdrawal from Regional School Unit 5. Thinking long term, if we remain part of the consolidated district we risk losing more good teachers, more teacher support, and more good students as standard...

  • Letter: Leland is right for Freeport Sewer District

    Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the Sewer District and how it’s run. Maybe we should, since we’re all connected to it from our homes, businesses and schools. The Sewer District in Freeport also sits little more than a football field’s length from the Ha...

  • Letter: Breen, Denno care about the environment

    I will vote for Democrats Cathy Breen for state Senate and Dale Denno for House in the legislative races in Cumberland because Breen and Denno will advocate for a clean and healthy environment, as shown by their endorsements from Maine Conservation Voters. Cumberland residents care about e...

  • Letter: Elect Chace in House District 46

    I have been voting since 1940, have worked all my life, and am a World War II Marine Corps veteran. I was sorry to learn that Durham loses Rep. Ellie Espling due to redistricting. However, I am overjoyed to support my friend and neighbor, Republican Paul Chace, in the race to become the new House...

  • Letter: Freeport should control its own schools

    I would like to urge my fellow voters to vote yes to exit the flawed Regional School Unit 5 school governance structure. Since the RSU formed, tri-town voters must now advocate in front of two different governing bodies – the Town Council and the RSU 5 board – each with it...

  • Letter: As governor, Cutler will invest in education

    Eliot Cutler is committed to making the critical investments in education necessary to expand opportunity to all Mainers, which in turn will foster a 21st-century economy in Maine. Cutler correctly notes that it is the state’s shortage of young, skilled workers that is stifling investment a...