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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Vote displays Falmouth's strong center

    Three lessons I took from last week’s election results: 1 — We want strong, excellent schools. The civic noise generated by individuals and groups who claim we spend too much on our schools was far out of proportion to their showing at the polls. Falmouth voters overwhelmingl...

  • Letter: Close loopholes, don't cut benefits

    As a retiree and a member of AARP, I am writing in defense of Maine’s seniors who are now threatened by Congress in its attempt to resolve the debt ceiling crisis. There are proposals being considered by Congress that would make harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of...

  • Letter: Looking ahead to Falmouth community supper

    The town of Falmouth has come together over the last three years to support a community supper in the fall, held by the churches in town to help support the Falmouth Food Pantry. This year on Oct. 20 we will again be holding a free community supper in support of our food pantry. Our goal this yea...

  • The Universal Notebook: The perils of parking in Portland

    While attending the First Friday Art Walk earlier this month, I got a $25 ticket for parking in a no-parking zone on Oak Street in Portland. I must say, I got no sympathy from my lovely wife Carolyn: “You saw the no-parking sign. You parked there anyway. You got a ticket. And you&rsq... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: A dance recital reveals more than ballet cliche

    I was in no mood to go to our daughter Elizabeth’s dance recital at Maine State Ballet in Falmouth. It was the Saturday after the Tuesday I got my new hip. Before minimally invasive surgery, hip replacement meant days in the hospital, weeks of inactivity and months of painful rehab....

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Salute to our graduates

    We have just completed graduation season in the Portland Public Schools. All of the graduates of our four high schools and Portland Adult Education deserve praise for their accomplishments in completing their degrees. Since my space is limited, I will tell you about a representative sample.

  • Letter: Another successful Relay in Brunswick

    As co-chairman of the planning committee for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Brunswick, I would like to thank area residents for their generosity and support: 81 teams and over 1,500 individuals participated in this year’s event and raised more than $125,000 to h...

  • Letter: Brunswick neighborhood no place for train garage

    The proposal of a Train Maintenance Layover Garage has hit me in a deeply personal way. During the first spring in our house we should be excited about all of the possibilities of being a homeowner, but we are instead faced with the prospect that our home will lose value and our neighborhood cou...