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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Teachers union works on behalf of Portland students, taxpayers

    Early in my education career, I served as president of the teachers union in School Administrative District 3. As I later made the move from teacher to administrator, a senior teacher offered some advice. “Jimmy,” he said, being one of the few people in my life who ever called...

  • Letter: Plurality puts LePage in good company

    Several of your columnists and letter writers have recently emphasized that “62 percent of the electorate didn’t vote for (Gov. LePage).” This “badge of rejection” is worn also by Presidents Lincoln (60.4 percent, 1860), Wilson (58.8 percent, 1912) and Clinton...

  • Letter: Idling trains irk South Portland neighborhood

    I live in close proximity to the Rigby train yard in South Portland with my wife and kids. We have no problem with trains coming and going or with the sound of the trains, as we expected those things when we moved here. What I do have trouble with though, is the way they leave the trains running ...

  • Letter: SAD 51 budget deserves support

    We knew 2011-2012 would be a difficult budget year for school systems, many describing it as a “cliff year” as a result of the cuts in federal stimulus money. School Administrative District 51 recently proposed a 2.93 percent increase for the 2011-2012 school year, after three years o...

  • Letter: Trustee urges vote for new Falmouth library

    On June 14, the voters of Falmouth will be given the opportunity to support a town project which will have long-lasting and positive effects for years to come. This referendum project involves several favorable ingredients: it will provide a larger and more flexible library; it will give Communi...

  • Letter: Falmouth voters should decide value of all-day K

    I’m writing to say how disappointed I am in the four Falmouth town councilors who continue to make public kindergarten an ongoing issue in the passage of the fiscal 2012 school budget. Their opinions are based on nothing more than misguided fiscal and education principles that completely mi... 2

  • Letter: Top teacher backs all-day K in Falmouth

    I felt proud to be a Falmouth teacher at the March 30 Town Council meeting as many residents applauded the quality of education offered by our public schools. Make no mistake, my colleagues and I work tirelessly to meet every student’s varied needs. When designing instruction for our learne...

  • Letter: Freeport Pizza Madness a tasty success

    On March 19, the Freeport High School junior class held its first Pizza Madness Tournament to raise funds for Project Graduation, a series of fun, safe activities held immediately before and after commencement. Because of timing, we tied our event into NCAA March Madness, with a basketball theme...