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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Capitol Notebook: While you were at the LePage investigation ...

    With headlines focused on the pending investigation of embattled Gov. Paul LePage, it’s time to step back and review some other issues and say farewell to some key bills that were doomed by this Legislature. The Legislature is by nature conservative, and as an institution is uncomfor...

  • The Universal Notebook: Impeach the governor

    There is a general recognition among all but his most rabid supporters that Gov. Paul LePage went too far – and may have committed a crime – when he threatened to withhold state funding from a public charter school if it hired Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves as its new presi...

  • The Right View: An Independence Day gift from the pulpit

    Gifts come in all sizes. Some are expensive, some cost nothing, some get tossed aside after a short time and are forgotten. But some stay with you, long after they are given and received. I received the latter this weekend, coinciding with our national birthday celebration. As we tu...

  • Policy Wonk: Portland is anti-growth? Not really

    A Portland newspaper columnist recently argued the city has an anti-growth mindset. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reasoning drew on four development projects. Avesta’s and Seacoast Management’s are currently before the Planning Board; the Seacoast project ...

  • Letter: Scarborough foundation appreciates support

    The Robbie Foundation wants to thank numerous members of the community who helped make the fifth annual Robbie Foundation Golf Scramble a huge success. The scramble was held at Dunegrass Golf Club in Old Orchard Beach on June 29. Thanks to the hard work and generosity from numerous busines...

  • 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 ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Reactionary laws have unintended consequences

    Back in 1993, in response to a ballot-tampering scandal, Maine voters imposed term limits on members of the Legislature. The idea was to unseat longtime Speaker of the House John Martin, D-Eagle Lake. It didn’t work. Reactionary laws rarely do. Martin is now a member of the Ma...