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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: It takes a state to support education

    One of my core values is that it takes an entire community to ensure the success of our public schools. That doesn’t mean just our local community. As our legislators work in Augusta to decide how much to allocate in state funding to local school districts, I’d like to point out that ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Are you really my friend?

    Every once in a while it occurs to me that I don’t really know many of the people with whom I interact regularly. I work for a number of newspaper, magazine and book editors, for example, whom I have never met in person. We have cordial professional relationships online, some of which go ba...

  • Letter: Dog owners must take responsibility

    Exercise is vital to our health and well-being. The same is true of our dogs. In this area, we are fortunate to have an abundance of natural regions that allow us to enjoy the landscape with our canine counterparts. We should all feel welcome to enjoy these areas, shouldn’t we? My fo...

  • Letter: Need more 'diatribes' like McDonald-Smith's

    Over the last few months of Julie McDonald-Smith's tenure as a columnist, it seems that more than a few discerning readers have noticed how wrong her "right view" is. But don't get me wrong, Julie. I applaud the editor's choice of bringing your "visions" to the public's scrutiny. So rather...

  • Letter: Reaction to the pledge is troubling

    Much of the time, I am in agreement with Edgar Allen Beem's opinions, but his latest on the Pledge of Allegiance ("Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance") has me troubled. I get the impression that he personally does not approve of its recitation. I hope that I'm wrong. I am most troubled...

  • Letter: Martin's Point should be welcome in S.P.

    I was disappointed to learn of the strong opposition to a recent proposal by Martin's Point Health Care to relocate its South Portland operations to the Hamlin School property. I was especially saddened to hear a statement by one resident that Martin's Point should be allowed to "remain" in South...

  • Letter: Former Dems know party is out of touch

    Forecaster columnist Edgar Allen Beem has sunken to a new low with his recent personal attack on Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew ("Mary Mayhew's war on the poor"), which weaved mention of her early life and family into criticisms of her policy proposals while DHHS...

  • Editorial: Falmouth is open for business (just ask the folks at Tidewater Farm)

    The Falmouth Town Council made a mistake Monday when it unanimously approved zoning changes that would allow construction of a restaurant and sports pub off Clearwater Drive in Tidewater Village. It's not that the business, Rivalries, doesn't belong in Falmouth. It's that it doesn't belong...