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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Editorial: Falmouth is open for business (just ask the folks at Tidewater Farm)

    The Falmouth Town Council made a mistake Monday when it unanimously approved zoning changes that would allow construction of a restaurant and sports pub off Clearwater Drive in Tidewater Village. It's not that the business, Rivalries, doesn't belong in Falmouth. It's that it doesn't belong...

  • Capitol Notebook: The forest and the trees

    Planted in the middle of Gov. Paul LePage’s State of the State address in early February was an unlikely comment about the supposedly imminent return of the damaging spruce budworm, which plagued the state’s softwood forests back in the 1970s and 1980s. LePage’s worry abo...

  • Abby's Road: I need a good haircut

    Humorist Fran Lebowitz once said that you’re only as good as your last haircut. I agree with her. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a good haircut. Lebowitz and I share a common philosophy as well as a common enemy. Each of us has hair whose natural inclination is...

  • The Universal Notebook: Mary Mayhew’s war on the poor

    When Mary Mayhew moved from Maine to Arkansas at age 14, she became known as “the brain from Maine,” a Yankee nerd with an interest in politics. Back then and until she went over to the dark side, Mayhew was apparently a Democrat. She grew up in a Democratic family, campaigned ...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: We must boldly go where Maine hasn't recently gone

    Leonard Nimoy died recently after 83 years of accomplished terrestrial life with some small bits spent in Maine. Born to immigrant parents from the Soviet Union, Nimoy grew up in Boston, attended drama classes at Boston College, and joined the U.S. Army Reserves for 18 months until leaving...

  • Letter: Portland International Jetport casts too much light

    Portland International Jetport could be more sustainable ("Portland International Jetport plans for a sustainable future") if it could get its lighting under control. In the new section of PWM there ...

  • Letter: Beem hits the mark on Pledge of Allegiance

    Thanks to Edgar Allen Beem for his excellent column on the Pledge of Allegiance ("Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance"...

  • Letter: Lawsuit against South Portland is a revelation

    Portland Pipe Line Corp. showed its true colors when it decided to sue South Portland over the Clear Skies Ordinance. All along, Portland Pipe Line denied that it would use its facilities for dirty and dangerous tar sands oil. During the 2013 campaign, they even pointed to the fact that they had ...