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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...

  • Editor's Notebook: Thanks for putting your name on the line

    With journalism's relatively recent emphasis on digital delivery and the 24/7 news cycle, newspaper editors everywhere seem to be debating, studying and furrowing their brows over what to do about anonymous reader comments. In a perfect world, online comments would be concise, civil and al... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: We were all better off when …

    Rationally, we all know the good old days weren’t. Still, we tend to look back through rose-colored glasses to what we remember as simpler times. Despite my best efforts to be forward-thinking and optimistic about the future, every once in awhile it occurs to me that we were all bett...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine Democrats, Republicans face defining moments

    The conventional wisdom these days is that Democrats are in trouble while Republicans are soaring, reversing roles from just two years ago. Actually, both of Maine’s major parties are at a defining crossroads today, for entirely different reasons. How each responds in the months ahead will...

  • Letter: Eberle thanks contituents

    The 125th Maine Legislature has been sworn in, with new leaders elected by the new majority party. It's a different landscape in state government, and I look forward to hitting the ground running in what is simultaneously familiar and unknown territory. Since this is my fourth and last term, du...

  • Letter: South Portland seeks feedback

    I am writing to encourage South Portland residents and people who do business in South Portland to take a brief on-line survey about a proposed vision for the future of South Portland. The links are at the bottom of the city’s Web page,

  • Letter: Back to the drawing board, CMP

    What is the verdict on "smart" meters? Why are citizens saying no? Central Maine Power had a flawed business plan. CMP has been working on this process since 2006 and cannot understand why there is resistance at this point. Last week I asked if CMP ever collected content from their customers; ...

  • Letter: Praise for Collins from MRRA

    On behalf of the board of trustees of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, I want to commend Sen. Susan Collins for her recent vote against a sweeping amendment that would have not only placed a binding three-year prohibition on congressional earmarks, but also would have eliminated fun...

  • Letter: Cumberland Wood Bank success

    I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to more than 50 people in the community who have contributed to the Cumberland Wood Bank this year. We have raised more than $3,000 in fuel assistance for those in need, in the greater Cumberland community. This was done through the gene...