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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: 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...

  • Letter: Proud of Greely youth football program

    I would like to give my whole-hearted thanks to the Greely youth football coaches. My sons have played in the league for seven years now, and throughout that time the coaches have continually provided positive life lessons to the players. Coaches have rightly placed academic achievement before ...

  • Letter: 'Battle of the Bay' lacked sportsmanship

    There are very few feelings more satisfying than watching your home team win a rival football game. The Freeport Falcons hosted the Yarmouth Clippers Oct. 22. This event was the third annual “Battle of the Bay,” and both teams had playoff considerations pending the outcome of this con... 5

  • Letter: People make difference at Falmouth library

    On behalf of the Falmouth Memorial Library board of trustees, I wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in rectifying the sprinkler system malfunction that led to the water damage at the library. The members of BNI, meeting in the library at the time of the discovery, went above ...

  • Letter: Falmouth schools lucky to have O'Shea

    We are really fortunate in Falmouth to have such a talented person as Dan O’Shea as our school district's director of finance and operations. When I first joined the School Board six years ago, we were just trying to get on the list for renovation of one of our elementary schools. D...

  • Letter: Ranked choice means better choices

    The city of Portland, in choosing ranked choice, is taking a serious and important step to update our representative democracy. Voters can choose the people they truly prefer, without the fear of voting for a spoiler. Columnist Halsey Frank, former chairman of the Republican City Committ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Yes on 1, no on voter suppression

    On Nov. 8, Question 1 on your ballot will read, “Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new voters to register to vote at least two business days prior to an election?” Unless you are a corporate big-wig or a member of the mone... 22

  • Short Relief: Why elect a mayor of Portland when a cheerleader will do?

    I am not a fan of the newly created position of elected mayor of Portland because I think it lacks the power needed to lead. Nor am I a fan of the ranked-choice voting that will be used to choose that mayor. It’s difficult and time-consuming to get to know 15 candidates for one offi... 1