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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...

  • The Universal Notebook: Time to stop the crazy talk

    In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there has been a lot of finger-pointing but not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to why a deranged young man attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the process killing and wounding bystanders. From the outset, th... 3

  • Letter: Council thanks Prouts Neck residents

    In November, the Prouts Neck Association Community Grant Program awarded $1,000 to the Scarborough Athletic Council. The grant money is a wonderful reflection of tremendous generosity shown by residents of the Prouts Neck community. Scarborough Athletic Council would like to formally thank...

  • Letter: Dodge doesn't speak for tea party

    Andrew Ian Dodge is a very interesting individual. However, he is not the leader of the tea party in Maine. There are many factions within the tea party movement. I believe Mr. Dodge is involved with Tea Party Patriots, a national organization. The major tea party movement in Maine was started by... 1

  • Letter: Advice for Harpswell critics of SAD 75

    As a resident of Harpswell I have seen a lot of bickering going on between one person or another for a multitude of reasons. The residents of this seaside town seem to have an inability to get together to reach any kind of a consensus on many issues. This time, Mr. McIntyre and his posse have d...

  • Letter: Beware of Cumberland zoning changes

    Eighty percent of Cumberland is zoned RR1 or RR2 (rural-residential) which currently allows mineral extraction (sand, gravel, loam, top soil, clay, etc.) and water extraction. These type of activities, in my opinion, are commercial/industrial uses and should not be allowed in residential zones.

  • Letter: LePage's explanation falls short

    I come from simple people, many with high school educations, some with less. I'm sure some of my Canadian great aunts and uncles would not have known English words like "civility." But they came to the United States to assimilate, to work hard, to be good citizens. My father's folks grew up on ...

  • Letter: Encouraged by Cumberland development

    I am really interested in the plans for development of the Doane Property in Cumberland, and have been since it was first proposed several years ago. Now that David Bateman is involved, I'm even more excited. I met David and his son several times when our Longwoods Alpaca Farm was using the bar...

  • The Universal Notebook: Caught in the middle of media wars

    Last year at this time, FairPoint Communications, our bankrupt phone company, was threatening to disconnect 20,000 Great Works Internet customers (The Universal Notebook, Jan. 18, 2010) after jacking up its line rate for unused fiberoptic cable from $50 a mile to $1,100 a mile and then claiming G...