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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • Editorial: The irony of OccupyMaine, Portland and the 1st Amendment

    Irony was probably not what the city of Portland had in mind when it gave OccupyMaine until Thursday, Dec. 15, to either challenge or acquiesce to an order to vacate Lincoln Park. But talk about ironic: Dec. 15 is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment and Bill of...

  • Letter: Parents need info on standards-based grades

    Emily Parkhurst reported that Portland schools may move away from traditional grade levels and grades. In a standards-based grading system, there are many standards for each subject. Each standard is graded separately on a 1-to-4 scale. Students must reach level 3 (or proficient) before...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just call him Gov. Scrooge

    When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to drop 65,000 Maine citizens from the rolls of MaineCare last week in order to close a projected $221 million Department of Health and Human Services deficit, one of the online comments called the bad news LePage’s “Christmas card to the 99 per... 15

  • The View From Away: Don't sweat the big stuff

    Lately, I find myself being annoyed by little things, a lot of them so trivial it’s embarrassing. The big issues are too overwhelming; I’m like a minnow in the ocean. Take saving the Euro. Here’s what I know about European money: they use too many coins. Thick, heavy coi...

  • Forecaster Forum: It's an up-and-down life for artists in Maine

    The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstan...

  • Letter: Tracks are for trains, trails are for people

    Both Falmouth and Cumberland have discussed a possible quiet zone implementation to come with the Downeaster’s new trains each day. Some residents have questioned how trains not blowing their whistles might affect safety for people who use the tracks recreationally. The improvements... 2

  • Letter: Brunswick deserves better from rail authority

    For all of the "misinformation" Wayne Davis claims to find in Patrick Rael's Nov. 14 letter regarding Amtrak's proposed Brunswick layover facility, he agrees on two points: only in April were plans to locate the facility in Brunswick made public, and the original Downeaster plan provided only two...

  • Letter: Scarborough needs limits on fireworks

    Scarborough recently rejected a ban on consumer fireworks, so that effective Jan. 1 it will be legal for residents to set off fireworks between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 365 days a year. This is in direct violation of the existing noise ordinance, which states that “loud, offensive noises are proh... 10