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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: Architects say Lunt is best for Falmouth library

    We feel strongly that the Lunt School represents the best and most fiscally responsible opportunity for expansion of Falmouth Memorial Library. As design professionals we have experience with community-scale design issues. As principals of five separate architectural firms, we believe that Falmou...

  • The Universal Notebook: Enough with the whining about taxes

    For the most part, I am happy to serve as your friendly local liberal whipping boy, but there is one matter I would like to set straight as we sail blindly into the brave new world of tax and deficit reduction promised by victorious state and national tea party politicians. While I may wel... 15

  • Letter: Energy policy as an excuse for regulation

    Thanks so much for the "Gone with the wind" article informing us about the Maine State Housing Authority's unforgivable waste of $1.1 million on poorly planned and incompetently executed solar- and wind-powered experiments that one community action (remember ACORN?) spokesperson had the nerve to ...

  • Letter: Don't lose faith in solar energy

    People should be upset to learn that taxpayer-funded solar collectors were irresponsibly, perhaps fraudulently, installed in shade or with such sloppy workmanship that the project increased fossil energy consumption. Although the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting found these unacceptable...

  • Letter: Higgins Beach is good for Maine's soul

    I moved to Maine from northern California 4 years ago. When I found Higgins Beach, I found home. It is probably my favorite place in Maine; it’s dear to my heart. I am against the proposal to ban on-street parking at Higgins Beach during the off-season. I use Higgins Beach year-round...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Project Graduation

    On behalf of South Portland Project Graduation, I did want to thank the community for helping to make the Project Graduation Cocoa Sale fundraising event at the Mill Creek tree lighting a huge success. Noyes, Hall & Allen graciously allowed us space in their parking lot and access to their k...

  • Letter: Be wise about cell phones

    State Rep. Andrea Boland introduced the Children's Wireless Protection Act last winter, which would have placed warning labels on cell phones. Experts from around the world testified in favor of Boland's bill, including Dr. Devra Davis, the author of "Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiat... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: The gift of a chance encounter on the Prom

    The sun's reflection from Portland harbor was blindingly silver and made the brick sidewalk hard to see. I was grumpy, for no particular reason, and was again wondering what motivated UPS men to wear shorts in December. Probably just some harmless bravado. The half-mile point along the Eas... 1