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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • The Universal Notebook: How to field dress a LURC

    Those of you who are still waiting for that transparency in government that Gov. Paul LePage promised when he took office a year ago won’t be surprised to know that the governor has now hijacked the Land Use Regulation Commission Reform Commission, dismissed the state Legislature, and decid...

  • The View From Away: You can't get there from anywhere

    Maine is the best place I’ve lived. Love the scenery, the coast, the people. But loving Maine doesn’t make it perfect. Take the roads. No, seriously, take them. Rip the entire system out by the roots and start from scratch. Please. It wouldn’t be that hard. In the t...

  • Global Matters: In economic development, some inevitably fly away

    So Kestrel Aircraft, designer of the soon-to-be-but-as-yet-unbuilt Kestrel turboprop passenger airplane, has decided to send the vast majority of the aircraft’s future production to Wisconsin, rather than build the planes in Maine, as originally expected. While Maine may still benefi... 1

  • Letter: Beem is right about overpopulation

    I do not usually agree with Edgar Allen Beem and his columns, but I do agree with him and his latest essay concerning population. I have scant respect for environmentalists, conservationists, and those who advocate for "green," when they refuse to acknowledge the dangers of overpopulation....

  • Letter: A cautionary tale about legal fireworks

    I would like to share a story with you about a little girl, age 7, who went to see the fireworks in Cumberland with her mom and dad. Since it was the Fourth of July, there was a large crowd of people. Everyone was anxiously awaiting the big moment when the fireworks would begin. Suddenly, there w...

  • Letter: Buying local improves quality of life

    I arrived at a big-box store to buy some ink for my computer. I had put it off for days because I so hate going to one at all, but it was finally time. I arrived at 6:15 p.m., the door opened, and no one was in sight. Suddenly, a woman appeared to say, "We are closed. What are you doing in here?"...

  • Letter: Corruption, arrogance in Freeport

    Seacoast United soccer in Freeport? That’s not the issue. Expanded commercial zoning in residential neighborhoods is the issue. Here in Freeport, we have the chairman of the Town Council, the chairwoman of the Planning Board, and the previous Freeport Economic Development Corp. presi... 1

  • Letter: Campaign funds shouldn't buy policy

    There is a problem in this country that needs to be addressed: the connection between money and politics. Members of Congress spend much of their time raising money for their re-election campaigns. Because Washington lobbyists can easily access funds, lawmakers turn to them for help. Over ...