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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • Letter: A cautionary tale about legal fireworks

    I would like to share a story with you about a little girl, age 7, who went to see the fireworks in Cumberland with her mom and dad. Since it was the Fourth of July, there was a large crowd of people. Everyone was anxiously awaiting the big moment when the fireworks would begin. Suddenly, there w...

  • Letter: Buying local improves quality of life

    I arrived at a big-box store to buy some ink for my computer. I had put it off for days because I so hate going to one at all, but it was finally time. I arrived at 6:15 p.m., the door opened, and no one was in sight. Suddenly, a woman appeared to say, "We are closed. What are you doing in here?"...

  • Letter: Corruption, arrogance in Freeport

    Seacoast United soccer in Freeport? That’s not the issue. Expanded commercial zoning in residential neighborhoods is the issue. Here in Freeport, we have the chairman of the Town Council, the chairwoman of the Planning Board, and the previous Freeport Economic Development Corp. presi... 1

  • Letter: Campaign funds shouldn't buy policy

    There is a problem in this country that needs to be addressed: the connection between money and politics. Members of Congress spend much of their time raising money for their re-election campaigns. Because Washington lobbyists can easily access funds, lawmakers turn to them for help. Over ...

  • Letter: Strang Burgess did the right thing

    I would like to thank Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland, for her support of Maine's prevention programs funded by the Fund for a Healthy Maine.  A majority of the Health and Human Services Committee, which she chairs, voted to decimate Maine's public health system, basically stickin...

  • Letter: Senators should back chemical safety bill

    For almost 35 years, I have been an industrial hygienist working to prevent exposures in the workplace to toxic chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health issues.  I am writing to thank U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for publicly acknowledging that our chemic...

  • Letter: Don't expect Gingrich to change

    Newt Gingrich led the charge against President Clinton when he transgressed in his husbandly duties to Hillary. He not only led the charge but took up arms to get him impeached. What gives him a higher place in the presidential campaign while he was doing and did the same thing to his wife while ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Replace yourself and get out of the way

    Back in 1968, when I was a sophomore in college and the United States took a turn for the worse from which it has never quite recovered, biologist Paul Ehrlich published a best-seller called "The Population Bomb" that envisioned a dire future for the world due to overpopulation. The book i... 4