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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Letter: Don't rush to spend Falmouth's money

    I encourage the Falmouth Town Council to take some time as it decides how to use the expected proceeds from the sale of the Plummer and Lunt school complex to Ocean View. I agree with many of the counselors that placing the funds in a reserve account for a year or two will allow Falmouth t...

  • Letter: South Portland councilors shouldn't get benefit

    Property taxes are due Feb. 16 in South Portland. How many of us understand where our money is going? Much of it goes to necessary expenses. However some of it goes to unacceptable expenses. Our city councilors can, and some do, get 100 percent free taxpayer-paid health insurance. What great ...

  • Letter: Falmouth community center still a 'bad idea'

    The Falmouth Town Council has asked for input regarding the notion that funds generated by the redevelopment of the Plummer-Motz/Lunt site “be placed in reserve for a future community center.” This is a bad idea. The money should go back to the general fund. Anyone paying at...

  • The Universal Notebook: How to field dress a LURC

    Those of you who are still waiting for that transparency in government that Gov. Paul LePage promised when he took office a year ago won’t be surprised to know that the governor has now hijacked the Land Use Regulation Commission Reform Commission, dismissed the state Legislature, and decid...

  • The View From Away: You can't get there from anywhere

    Maine is the best place I’ve lived. Love the scenery, the coast, the people. But loving Maine doesn’t make it perfect. Take the roads. No, seriously, take them. Rip the entire system out by the roots and start from scratch. Please. It wouldn’t be that hard. In the t...

  • Global Matters: In economic development, some inevitably fly away

    So Kestrel Aircraft, designer of the soon-to-be-but-as-yet-unbuilt Kestrel turboprop passenger airplane, has decided to send the vast majority of the aircraft’s future production to Wisconsin, rather than build the planes in Maine, as originally expected. While Maine may still benefi... 1

  • Letter: Beem is right about overpopulation

    I do not usually agree with Edgar Allen Beem and his columns, but I do agree with him and his latest essay concerning population. I have scant respect for environmentalists, conservationists, and those who advocate for "green," when they refuse to acknowledge the dangers of overpopulation....

  • 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...