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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: School quality motivates Portland parents

    As teachers in one of Portland's most diverse schools, we were alarmed by the article in The Forecaster of Aug. 24 that claimed that “Students tend to flee city's most diverse schools.” Writer Emily Parkhurst implies that Portland is experiencing "white flight." Yet the pie charts in...

  • Letter: Beem uses too wide a brush on colleges

    I was pleased to see several favorable letters regarding Edgar Allen Beem’s column, as they reflected my usual reaction to his ideas and opinion. But alas, when I read “Education for Suckers" I was reminded how easy it is for even articulate and informed columnists to succumb to their... 3

  • Letter: Beem columns ignores some of the guilty

    It is a joy to return from vacation to find Edgar Allen Beem in such fine spleen as his "Blame it on the Poor ..." column. Beem will, however, need to enlarge his Paddy Wagon (perhaps to the size of President Obama's black and heavily armored Canadian-made campaign bus) to include a verita...

  • The Universal Notebook: Education for suckers

    Right after the paddy wagons finish hauling away the duplicitous malefactors at Standard & Poor’s (see last week’s column), they might want to... 2

  • The View From Away: 'Yeah, well, when I have kids …'

    We moved east largely to be near our son Bobby when we finally, begrudgingly admitted boarding school was the best thing for him. I was determined to be a positive, supportive presence for him in ways I hadn’t experienced as a child. I was what my parents called “too sensitive...

  • Letter: Perry's Texas isn't enviable

    If Texas Gov. Rick Perry is “the only bright light,” we may be worse off than some of us thought. Perry’s labor growth has been fueled by oil production and federal government spending for defense contractors and government workers to deal with a growing population. Big oil and ...

  • Global Matters: Bowling for health care

    Back in 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Newton N. Minnow, a respected Chicago attorney, to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Shortly after his appointment, Minnow addressed the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters and challenged ... 1

  • Letter: Trolley folly in Brunswick

    Many of you may have seen the bus called the Brunswick Explorer. I will relate my $1 ride. There were three other passengers when I boarded and on the entire circuit no one else got on. Talking with the driver I found out there are three buses to cover the routes, one in East Brunswick, the othe...