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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Fundraisers aid South Portland Food Cupboard

    We were so appreciative of the many food drives and fundraisers conducted on behalf of the South Portland Food Cupboard during November and December, that we wanted to acknowledge them. Portland: Portland Eagles, Nutrition Works. Falmouth: Greener Postures Yoga. Scarborough: Maine Medical...

  • Letter: Gun rights don't trump common sense

    Written in 1791, back when the guns available included a flintlock rifle that could fire one bullet every minute if you were a quick reloader, the Second Amendment is often quoted when gun regulations are discussed. I am a hunter, and appreciate that the right to bear arms has its place in a dem... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth FD deserves thanks, help

    First, a thank you to the Falmouth Fire Department. This volunteer department has responded to two recent fires in town. Unfortunately, the buildings could not be saved, but everyone got out without injury. This has brought to mind that people in the community need to take a little responsibil...

  • Letter: Cast-off carrier not right for Portland Harbor

    Stephen M. Woods' column regarding the Portland City Council’s rejection of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy reminded me of historic maritime projects that I have worked on....

  • Letter: Energy Alliance story a 'cartoon'

    The performance of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, and its effectiveness or ineffectiveness in helping Maine people winterize their homes, are topics worthy of scrutiny. The group’s track record is fair game for even the harshest objective analysis. I don’t feel the same way a...

  • The Universal Notebook: The last smoker on Earth

    One morning about two weeks ago, I woke up and decided to see how long I could go without smoking. I didn’t have any plans to quit. I hadn’t made a resolution, hadn’t set a date, no drugs, no patches, no crutches. I just thought I’d see if I could make it a couple of hours... 6

  • Short Relief: Escape from New York

    Contrary to advice, I drove into New York City the evening of Sunday, Dec. 26. I couldn’t help it. We had seven tickets to "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater and they weren’t cheap. Given the prediction of snow, we decided to head into the city early so as to have...

  • Global Matters: Maine's economic answer isn't in the rear-view mirror

    As the global economy slowly recovers from financial meltdowns of the past several years, it’s becoming clear that certain conditions, once thought to be temporary, have become the new normal, and certain trends will continue, giving rise to a new economic landscape. Gasoline prices ...