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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Please don't feed the ducks

    I am writing because I would like to publicize the issue of feeding ducks. I know it is a fun way to spend time with your family, and its great to sit and watch the pond. I know people think they are helping by feeding the ducks, but you are really not. Feeding ducks can cause duck malnutrition, ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maybe they should call it Black & Blue Friday

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The holiday shopping season is inevitable and unavoidable; some call it "the most wonderful time of the year." But those of us who work in retail would probably not agree. It is a time that those of us behind the cash registers both relish and dread; a time wh...

  • The Universal Notebook: Occupy the Republican Party

    The stunning failure of the congressional supercommittee to agree upon how to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion was entirely a function of the unwillingness of Republicans to compromise. Democrats tried to protect social programs serving the poor, the disabled, the elderly and wo... 21

  • The View From Away: A lawyer, a comic and a comedy writer walk into the past ...

    Rationally, I never had a chance as a stand-up. It’s simple common sense. If you hate being recognized or touched or complimented, and I did, you probably shouldn’t be trying to get famous. Fortunately, I thought my love for the art would trump all that, paving the way for 10...

  • Global Matters: Maine fails the business investment multiple-choice test

    Imagine that you are about to make a major purchase. You’re considering several different brands. Sales teams from the manufacturers have called on you. They’ve left you with literature describing their products and their companies. Each has tried to convince you that investing...

  • Letter: Brunswick opposition delays Downeaster service

    Patrick Rael’s letter attacking the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, its board of directors and its capable executive director is filled with misinformation. He intimates that only in April did NNEPRA propose a layover facility. Wrong. The layover facility has been ...

  • Letter: Save Falmouth's water views

    Falmouth is an unique place to live since it has both a coastal community and a lakefront community on Highland Lake. Residents and visitors are drawn to these areas because they have something in common: they enjoy the water and their beautiful views. You should take notice because the Falmout...

  • Letter: What's unsaid about OccupyMaine, welfare fraud

    My comment plays to Edgar Allen Beem's recent Universal Notebook commentary of our governor's proposal to drug test welfare recipients. No doubt Gov. LePage received another anonymous letter. (I suppose it sounds better then hearing voices.) But it also feeds into other newspapers' recent arti... 1