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  • Editor's Notebook: Twenty-two words, and 553 writers, to appreciate from 2014

    I don't usually have time to trade emails or chat with every reader who writes a letter to the editor. I'll write or call to confirm letters, but beyond that, unless a letter needs clarification, or if the writer asks a question about our policies for publishing letters, I don't usually fo...

  • The Right View: This Christmas, say a little prayer for us

    For me, Christmas is a time of reflection. A time to take stock of the year past, and things I’d like to see changed going forward. Nothing as schlocky as your typical New Year’s resolution, but rather, a refocusing on my family, and pondering what is happening to us as a nation. ...

  • Letter: Falmouth has a village that works

    Fulfillment is what I felt as I walked to the Shops at Falmouth Village. In 1999 I had succeeded in getting a referendum passed to protect the beautiful trees on the Little League ball field. I am 88 years old now and I use a walker. I walked down Depot Road, took a nice, cement path to th...

  • Editorial: Where we stand on same-day voter registration, gambling proposals

    Mainers will vote Nov. 8 on three controversial statewide ballot initiatives. Question 1, which would reverse the law that eliminated same-day voter registration, is a matter of voter turnout and Maine's integrity. An estimated 6 percent of votes in Maine’s last election were ... 1

  • Editorial: Where we stand on the Cumberland County Civic Center, Wentworth School bonds

    Two local referendum questions are on the Nov. 8 ballot. Residents throughout Cumberland County will be asked if the county should borrow $33 million to renovate the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, and voters in Scarborough will decide if the town should borrow $39 million to b...

  • The Universal Notebook: The over-under on Yarmouth issues

    Moving to Yarmouth in 1982 was one of the best decisions we ever made. The schools are great. There’s a real village center. A fine library. Active and engaged citizens. And the public life of Yarmouth is generally conducted with civility by reasonable people. Even folks who don’t agr... 11

  • The View From Away: The idiot's guide to Occupy Wall Street

    I am not up on current affairs. “Aggressively uninformed” is more like it. It’s self-preservation mostly. Thinking about the world’s actual problems makes me want to hyperventilate, and what the media choose to report aggravates me. Everything seems to lie somewhere on...

  • Letter: Falmouth's future is bright

    It is dismaying to see the degree to which our national and local political scene can become polluted by partisanship and forces dedicated to disruption. The vast majority of us want to see civil discourse, rational deliberation, and solutions derived through consensus. Despite those that would...

  • Global Matters: Life in Gaza without Gilad

    Two weeks ago, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, looking pale, gaunt and dazed, was led from the darkness and isolation of his confinement at the hands of Hamas, the Palestinian faction that rules Gaza, and handed over to Egyptian intermediaries. Abducted by Hamas on Israeli soil at the ag...

  • Letter: Train whistles shouldn't be silenced

    We all are aware of the fact that accidents do happen at railroad crossings, railroad bridges, and on the tracks themselves. One of Maine's greatest artists, N.C. Wyeth, along with his grandson, died at a railway crossing, many years ago. Once, during a hunting trip in northern Maine, I walked al...