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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Falmouth Marine Patrol deserves thanks

    Michael Doyle’s rant against the use of the Falmouth Marine Patrol boat is tiring. The boat and personnel attended the Harpswell and Portland lobster boat races under a mutual aid pact that has existed in Maine since the very beginning of time, known as public safety, AKA: help your neighb... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth Food Pantry relies on community

    Thank you for your compelling story about the Falmouth Food Pantry, which serves 268 families (a 60 percent increase in just the past year), at a time when corporate food donations are declining. The other part of the story is how Falmouth’s residents and many local businesses have “...

  • Letter: Gill a good choice for RSU 5 board

    I want to spotlight one candidate who is superbly qualified for the RSU 5 School Board: Gudi Gill, director of the Greater Freeport Family Literacy Program. Her career includes 26 years as a teacher, principal and literacy specialist in an upstate New York school system. She holds two mas...

  • Letter: Portland math decision needs lots of input

    Choosing a mathematics program for K-5 students is never easy. Therefore, it is critical that parents, teachers (elementary, middle, high school, and college), and taxpayers be involved. Elementary level math, after all, is the building block for success. The history of math programs migh...

  • Letter: Portland schools need more transparency

    Studies have shown that family participating in education is twice as predicative of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. One 2008 study found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with...

  • Letter: Parents deserve a say in math curriculum

    Your article about the Chicago Math program and the concerns parents have has been played out numerous times across the country and here in Maine over the past few years. Our district recently did away with Investigations in Data and Space for K-5 and Connected Math for Middle School. Our School ... 3

  • Letter: Schools must re-examine priorities

    What is the difference between constructivist math and traditional math? Your article didn't exactly explain why parents should be concerned, or not. However, I'm not sure which is the greater concern, the math or the process. Isn't it the obligation of the Portland School Board, or any sc...

  • Letter: Portland parents should help pick math textbook

    Portland schools recently spent $140,000 on a middle school math textbook. They failed to include parents in the process. The School Board will soon decide if they’ll give parents a voice in the selection process for the elementary textbook. The district could have selected the Sin...