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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: 'Healing' isn't in the right's vocabulary

    President Obama has called for a time of healing – a suggestion that will fall on deaf ears of the apologists on the extreme right. What we do hear from these people is that the Democrats are trying to take advantage of this tragedy. They have made no attempt to join with the president...

  • The Universal Notebook: The embarrassment in the Blaine House

    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is off to an inauspicious beginning. He made news prior to his inauguration by promising to tell the president of the United States to “go to hell” and by threatening to punch a reporter. Since taking office, LePage has made news by hirin... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Putting the sexy back in taxes

    Recently, I reluctantly purchased something with accordion pleats, reinforced gussets, and elastic closures. No it was not, as one friend suggested, a corset. I bought folders. Legal-sized folders. If you are over the age of 21 and own anything beyond a toothbrush, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Portland's decision on USS JFK lacks leadership, wisdom

    I’m writing this on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. This is also the day after the Portland City Council unanimously voted against supporting the mere “consideration” of hosting the USS JFK aircraft carrier to serve as a floating muse... 10

  • Superintendent's Notebook: When losing means winning

    I’ve learned over the years that life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect or hope. But sometimes, failure leads to success. We fall short in achieving a big goal, but an even better opportunity awaits us around the corner. That is the case with a $200,000 grant recently...

  • Letter: Another case of left foot-in-mouth disease

    On Jan. 8, a man opened fire in a public space in Tuscon, Ariz., shooting 19 and killing 6. As with other senseless killings perpetrated by deranged individuals in this and other societies, it is impossible to derive a linear cause-and-effect relationship. That axiom, however, provides not even... 1

  • Letter: Beem upholds the double standard

    I was waiting for it. I knew that Edgar Allen Beem would not be able to stop himself from blaming “the Right” for Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage. Once Paul Krugman, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann blazed the trail, Beem would jump right in. However, I also knew that ... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to Conflagrationland

    Unless you live in a bomb shelter, you know about the fire storm that erupted last week after Gov. Paul LePage told the NAACP to "kiss my butt." It was a new low for the new governor, whose promise last year to tell the president of the United States "to go to hell" was largely written off... 3