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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...

  • Letter: The goal should be consensus

    Edgar Allen Beem once more regales us with his divisive thoughts on the tea party and the “Evil Empire” of the Republican Party. I have a suggestion: perhaps we can all start having intelligent, meaningful discussions to solve the current economic mess. Most of the anger by the tea ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Critics risk stifling student voice, dissuading future leaders

    In recent times, the issues of voice and declining civility have come to the forefront of American politics. In Falmouth, unfortunately, it's no different. We need rational debate more than spiteful argument as we look towards our future. With that in mind, one of the central components of... 1

  • Global Matters: What I learned from the election

    Election Day has come and gone and, for those of us whose candidates did not prevail, we can either lick our wounds or look toward the future with optimism. Losing an election produces an acute pain that in time subsides into a dull ache. It hurts, but you learn to cope. You live to fight ...

  • The Universal Notebook: NIMBY, the way life should be

    Economic development officials, chamber-of-commerce types and conservative politicians are forever complaining about Maine’s anti-business climate. Does it ever occur to them that Maine makes development difficult through land use regulations, zoning ordinances and environmental impa... 3

  • Letter: Volk thanks constituents, campaign workers

    Becoming the Representative-elect of Scarborough's District 127 was an honor. When the final results were in and it was clear that Republicans had taken majorities in  the State House and Senate, as well as the governorship, I realized just how historic our achievement was. Maine voters have...

  • The Universal Notebook: Mainers immune to hardcore tea party hysteria

    Let’s recap, shall we? Eight years of Neo-Con Republican leadership in Washington created a huge national deficit, embroiled the U.S. in two endless wars, and enabled credit and investment excesses that nearly destroyed the world economy. In 2008, therefore, Americans elected the pro... 4

  • The Superintendent's Notebook: New ideas for extracurricular activities

    As I write this column, the Deering High School Rams are preparing to compete in the Western Maine Class A football finals. The Portland High School boys’ soccer team has just completed an exciting season that brought the Bulldogs all the way to the state championship. Whether our s... 1

  • No Sugar Added: Sleighbells ring

    I heard the bells on Christmas day. OK, so it wasn’t exactly Christmas day. It was more like mid-October. I thought perhaps I had developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but no, indeed, there were bells. Silver bells. The kind Rudolph wears. I had ventured into Home G...