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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Peoples' veto raises questions

    This November's ballot will include a question to repeal LD 1376, the law that ends Election Day voter registration, so municipal clerks may focus their energy on the election and also afford them adequate time to verify applicants' qualifications. In addition, it requires registrars to accept re... 5

  • Letter: Beem practices 'Apologetics'

    Edgar Allen Beem attributes our "economic hole" to Republican "deficit spending, needless wars" and corporate tax breaks. But since January 2009, the national debt and unemployment rate tripled, and the budget deficit quadrupled, via various bailouts, an unwanted health care act, another ... 2

  • Letter: Power shortage for Portland mayor

    In the recent story by Randy Billings about the candidates for Portland mayor he misses the most important detail about the new mayor's "power" of vetoing the city budget. That is not that it can be overturned by six city councilors, but that it first takes seven councilors to pass the budget.

  • Editorial: Are the wheels on the bus coming off?

    If you're the parent of a student who rides public school buses in greater Portland and you haven't given a second thought to who is driving your child to and from school, an investigation b... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Read my lips: Raise taxes

    Can you believe that the Maine Legislature is seriously considering cutting the state’s top income tax rate from 7.95 percent to 4 percent, a move that could cause a loss of $500 million in revenue on top of the $400 million in revenue lost to earlier tax cuts? You’d think the ... 19

  • No Sugar Added: Unfeathering the nest

    As one gets closer and closer to labor and delivery, there is a phenomenon that occurs – widely known as “nesting.” I remember this fondly from when I was pregnant with my first child, the lovely Ophelia. She was due on Dec. 23. A holiday baby. On Jan. 3, she had yet t...

  • Forecaster Forum: Scarborough should reject Wentworth School proposal

    SCARBOROUGH — Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said "It's like deja vu all over again." This quote is very applicable to the latest proposed referendum question for the Wentworth Intermediate School. Five years ago a $38.3 million ballot question was overwhelmingly rejected by...

  • Letter: Bath Iron Works action doesn't make sense

    I was appalled to learn that Bath Iron Works just laid off around 25 percent of it's engineering staff, almost entirely consisting of their youngest, most promising employees. With BIW struggling, considering their decision to bid for contracts on Coast Guard cutter ships in between destroyer con...