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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • Policy Wonk: Train police to be defusers, not killers

    Almost everyone following the recent fatal shooting by a law enforcement officer of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, is focused on the racial dimension of the case, and that is certainly appropriate. The inequality of justice that blacks, Hispanics (and other racial groups) confront i...

  • Letter: Don't rush decision on Yarmouth Route 1 bridge

    The Nov. 24 Yarmouth Town Council meeting, billed as an information meeting about designs and costs for replacing or removing the Route 1 bridge over Main Street, was hostile territory for those wanting full consideration of alternatives. Most people there wanted to replace the bridge and were an...

  • Letter: Collins should support Clean Power Plan

    I love spending time with my grandchildren in Maine’s beautiful landscape, and the effects of climate change on our amazing state trouble my heart. There are already obvious signs of warming just outside my doorstep: ticks infesting fields, more rain and ice in the winter, shorter skiing se...

  • Abby's Road: Injustice in the name of justice

    Last week, we learned that a grand jury found no probable cause to charge Officer Darren Wilson with a crime for his role in a fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Then we learned that Ray Rice was immediately eligible to return to the NFL, months after he had been indefinitely suspended ...

  • Letter: Senate District 25 election requires bipartisan probe

    On Election Day in the town of Long Island, 171 voters checked in and were certified at the polls. When the votes were counted election night, the number of votes equaled the number of voters at 171. At the subsequent recount, 192 ballots were found in the ballot box. This discrepancy of 21 votes...

  • Letter: Voters with large amygdalas send a loud message

    Democrats did lousy in the recent elections. Theories abound. Edgar Allen Beem explained. His brilliant analysis, from Psychology Today: Voters in rural Maine, anti-intellectual conservatives possessing “larger amygdalas,” responded to the simplicity of LePage’s campaign pitch. ...

  • Editor's Notebook: The call of turkey fails to fill an empty nest

    It took me until Black Friday dinner, a full day after Thanksgiving, to figure out why I was feeling so – to use a word I'll forever associate, thanks to Charles Dickens, with another holiday of the season – melancholy. It wasn't because my wife was sick, and sounded ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Refugees and immigrants and aliens, oh my!

    President Obama has taken executive action on immigration because Congress has failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans are howling mad, insisting Obama has gone too far this time. Personally, I don’t think he went far enough. Obama has exercised his executive au...