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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: Occupy Wall Street is only the beginning

    The Occupy Wall Street movement is not a passing phenomenon. In fact, war is around the corner and you won't know it from the news fog machines. First Greece, now Italy, have undergone "regime changes" at the hands of the troika – the financial-banking-speculator overlords who, along with t...

  • Letter: Wentworth committee thanks Scarborough voters

    On behalf of the Wentworth Intermediate School Building Committee, I want to thank the entire Scarborough community for its support on Election Day, when voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum question to replace the existing Wentworth Intermediate School with a new building. For ov...

  • Letter: Don't blame Brunswick residents for railroad's woes

    Patricia Quinn's letter informing Brunswick of a year-long delay in the construction of an Amtrak layover facility inaccurately contends that neighbors' concerns have delayed the facility by raising its costs. This "Quinn-spin" unjustly demonizes Brunswick taxpayers who stand between the Norther...

  • Letter: Falmouth, Cumberland should back 'channelization'

    I urge all residents and local government officials of Falmouth and Cumberland to educate themselves on the benefits of "channelization," given the increased frequency and speed of the proposed trains that our towns are to expect in the very near future. Simply put, the installation of med...

  • Letter: Newman column ignores Israeli 'stranglehold'

    In his recent column, Perry B. Newman compared the good life in Israel to the miseries in Gaza, arguing that Gazans would live likewise if only they’d oust Hamas. What Newman ignores is Israel’s stranglehold on Gaza’s economy, severely restricting exports as well as impor...

  • Letter: Channelization for Cumberland rail crossings

    I am writing to voice my support for the railroad crossing quiet zone in Cumberland. We live next to the train tracks at the Muirfield Road crossing and feel that safety should be the primary focus of this discussion. The new Downeaster trains will be going upwards of 60 mph, and rather than coun... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: A happy bird is a $100 bird

    A couple of years back, we ordered a goose for Christmas instead of our customary turkey. For some odd reason, how much the all-natural, free-range, organic bird was going to cost hadn’t occur to me until I went to pick it up at the corner grocer. Very tasty, but it’s hard to really e...

  • No Sugar Added: Finding a good medium is rare

    Have you ever been to a medium? Not a psychic. A medium. I saw a medium once. She told me all manner of fascinating things. And at the end of an hour filled with insights into children, business and family relationships, I exclaimed, “But wait! What about my love life?!” To whi...