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  • The Universal Notebook: Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance

    South Portland High School students Lily SanGiovanni, Morrigan Turner and Gaby Ferrell are to be congratulated for their efforts to defend American freedom. The students have drawn criticism in some quarters for asking that students be informed that they should only recite the Pledge of Allegianc...

  • The Right View: Welfare fraud is a fact Maine can't ignore

    One of my father’s favorite sayings was “don’t let me confuse you with the facts.” For all of the emoting, victim parading, and LePage bashing that is currently going on regarding the governor’s attempts at combating welfare fraud in Portland and beyond, all o...

  • Letter: Voting registration rights are not extreme

    I am puzzled to learn that my activities to solicit signatures for the peoples veto of LD 1376, the law that eliminates same-day voter registration in Maine, makes me a "left-wing extremist," according to the recent Forecaster Forum by Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough. Just to let all o... 1

  • Letter: We need more like this Falmouth 'angel'

    On a recent Saturday morning at Shaw's, a few customers and staff were privileged to witness a heartwarming event. The cashier's line was short, but taking a long time, prompting us to pay attention to what was holding it up. An elderly customer was confused and upset because her credit card was ...

  • Short Relief: Freedom rings, a decade after 9/11

    Sept. 11, 2001, arrived after a series of eerily beautiful, late-summer days filled with bright, clear, cloudless sunshine. For weeks, the only news had been of shark attacks and the disappearance of a congressional intern. There was a sense that we were at the end of history: that the gr... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Redistricting for dummies

    Maine was due for a congressional redistricting in 2013, but thanks to a pair of Republican operatives in Cape Elizabeth, we are now being treated to a court-ordered redistricting that has revealed the ridiculous lengths to which the GOP will go to gain an advantage. William DeSena and San... 3

  • The View from Away: Knock me over like a ton of bricks

    Los Angeles basically has summer all year round. It also has a tectonic map that looks like a shattered glass-topped coffee table, so earthquakes are what California has instead of weather. I lived through three big ones, dozens I could feel and hundreds I couldn’t. I thought I was...

  • Letter: Beem's college column takes cheap shot

    It seems to me that for-profit colleges have helped all of us. First of all, they meet a need for continuing education and earning degrees later in life that was ignored by most traditional colleges. They have been the trailblazers for the online courses and distance learning programs tha... 1

  • Letter: Brunswick Explorer provides benefits

    Regarding Fred Blanchard’s letter (“Trolley folly in Brunswick”), does he really believe that other modes of transportation pay for themselves? Public buses like the Brunswick Explorer, along with trains, ferries, airports and roads, are all transportation options provide...

  • Letter: Proud to agree with Beem

    Edgar Allen Beem seems to get a lot of flak so I’d like to say that I enjoy reading his column (and I would bet all his naysayers do as well) and agree with every word he says. The gentleman who wrote to debate Beem on progressive taxation I believe misses the point: of course the su...