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  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...

  • Letter: Column understates cost of rail construction

    Tony Donovan’s Dec. 7 op-ed on light rail cost per mile versus highway cost miles is misleading. He states that to build a mile of light (passenger) rail costs the same... 2

  • Editorial: The irony of OccupyMaine, Portland and the 1st Amendment

    Irony was probably not what the city of Portland had in mind when it gave OccupyMaine until Thursday, Dec. 15, to either challenge or acquiesce to an order to vacate Lincoln Park. But talk about ironic: Dec. 15 is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment and Bill of...

  • Letter: Parents need info on standards-based grades

    Emily Parkhurst reported that Portland schools may move away from traditional grade levels and grades. In a standards-based grading system, there are many standards for each subject. Each standard is graded separately on a 1-to-4 scale. Students must reach level 3 (or proficient) before...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just call him Gov. Scrooge

    When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to drop 65,000 Maine citizens from the rolls of MaineCare last week in order to close a projected $221 million Department of Health and Human Services deficit, one of the online comments called the bad news LePage’s “Christmas card to the 99 per... 15

  • The View From Away: Don't sweat the big stuff

    Lately, I find myself being annoyed by little things, a lot of them so trivial it’s embarrassing. The big issues are too overwhelming; I’m like a minnow in the ocean. Take saving the Euro. Here’s what I know about European money: they use too many coins. Thick, heavy coi...

  • Forecaster Forum: It's an up-and-down life for artists in Maine

    The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstan...

  • Letter: Tracks are for trains, trails are for people

    Both Falmouth and Cumberland have discussed a possible quiet zone implementation to come with the Downeaster’s new trains each day. Some residents have questioned how trains not blowing their whistles might affect safety for people who use the tracks recreationally. The improvements... 2

  • Letter: Brunswick deserves better from rail authority

    For all of the "misinformation" Wayne Davis claims to find in Patrick Rael's Nov. 14 letter regarding Amtrak's proposed Brunswick layover facility, he agrees on two points: only in April were plans to locate the facility in Brunswick made public, and the original Downeaster plan provided only two...