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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • Capitol Notebook: Maine, the way politics shouldn't be

    The tone of Maine’s political conversation has reached a new low. A strange incident in Saco last week, and the bizarre reactions to it, paints a bleak picture of our rapidly sinking political dialogue. Last Thursday, as Gov. Paul LePage spoke at a forum promoting his plan to cut the...

  • Abby's Road: How to make Easter eggcellent

    I spent my childhood attending Sunday school. I studied at a Jesuit university with a chapel in the very center of campus. As I nibbled on wafers, confessed my sins, and fought to play Mary in the Christmas pageant, I learned there’s a lot of pressure on Easter. Easter is the celebra...

  • The Universal Notebook: The autocrat in the Blaine House

    The specter of our snarling governor damning all legislators who oppose his call for spending more money on drug enforcement (as opposed to drug treatment) and threatening, therefore, to “rip 'em a new one,” was a reminder last week of just how far Maine has fallen. We used to ...

  • Letter: Scarborough rep opposes school computer plan

    The Scarborough School Board is proposing that taxpayers provide laptop computers to all high school students. Five years ago a similar proposal failed. As the wife of an IT specialist and mother of a computer engineer, I agree classroom technology has its place. But I oppose this million-...

  • Letter: Delogu speaks for Mainers who don't have a voice

    We are fortunate in having columnist Orlando Delogu, emeritis professor of law, to champion the long-term unemployed, food stamp recipients, the homeless and immigrant populations, who are in need of General Assistance. Delogu is clear and frank in pointing out the inconsistencies and shameless p...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith's columns resonate with readers

    Julie McDonald-Smith's views are welcome to a vast number of readers. Thank you for publishing her columns. Let's hope she continues her gallant attempts to speak for morality and justice, and to expose the scandalous behavior of some of our representatives.

  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...