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  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine shouldn't favor small schools over large, or rural over urban

    School funding in Maine has changed, and its impact does not bode well for students in most larger schools districts across the state. You may remember that one issue that was quickly pushed through the Legislature was a bill sponsored by Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry: An Act to Res...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrate Turkey Day with a Portland football tradition

    Anyone who grew up in Portland, as I did, knows that Thanksgiving means more than a family celebration with turkey and the trimmings. Every Thanksgiving, the Portland High School and Deering High School football teams face off in the Turkey Day game. Growing up on Oxford Street, I remembe...

  • 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