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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: Praise for Val Halla management, staff

    The town of Cumberland should be very proud. I have been a member of Val Halla golf course since 1974 and have never seen it in such great condition. The town has made tremendous improvements over the past few years which has made it one of the best courses in the area. Brian Bickford has don...

  • Letter: House candidate responds to critics

    I would like to set the record straight in response to two letters from supporters of Gary Foster in House District 109. I started an Economic Development and Sustainability Committee along with four members of our community to help our small businesses survive the worst economic downturn our cou...

  • Letter: Yarmouth spends too much on police

    I’ve been reading Yarmouth's annual operating budget and one huge item literally jumped off the page and hit me between the eyes. In a lovely town such as Yarmouth (population 3,560 people), where the crime rate is documented to be lower than in all other Maine communities, why do we spend ...

  • Letter: Beem should go back to school

    It seems like Edgar Allen Beem would like to take us back in his time transporter to 1967 to shop classrooms where balding guys in lab coats with ties tucked into their shirts held sway over captive groups of “tech” boys and nicely made up ladies dazzled girls in home economics, teach... 1

  • Letter: Smart meters reduce pollution

    Unless the Central Maine Power co. meter readers are driving electric cars or walking (and they aren't) then it's highly likely that the car-related toxins spewed into the air are more deadly than any emissions from the smart meters. It seems these factors need to be considered into the health d... 3

  • Letter: Proud of UNE pharmacy educators

    During these uncertain economic times, America’s colleges and schools of pharmacy continue to be a significant source of economic stimulation in their local communities, states and regions, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England is no exception. As we celebrate ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s stop reforming public education

    There was an outside chance, albeit remote, that I might have voted for Eliot Cutler for governor on Nov. 2, but Mr. Cutler lost my vote last week when he charged that Libby Mitchell and the Maine Education Association had formed “an unholy alliance” to block education reform. ... 16

  • No Sugar Added: The dating hiatus

    Approximately 6 months ago, being of sound mind and body, I made the decision to go on a dating hiatus. My youngest son, Charles, through a fortuitous misinterpretation, turned it into what friends and family now know as the “date-us-hate-us,” which is actually not a completely inappr... 1