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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Strimling should run for Portland mayor

    Having worked for Ethan Strimling's campaign when he ran for the House of Representatives, I know him to be dedicated and competent. He is the type of person who will always listen to both sides of an issue and work to resolve problems in an equitable way. I am a retired teacher and as suc...

  • Editor's Notebook: The view from away looks good from here

    My first impression of Mike Langworthy was that his wife was very nice. And he was cranky. It was a couple years ago, and our families were having brunch at Caiola's in Portland's West End. We were set up by my cousin who lives outside Cincinnati, a childhood friend of Mike's wife, Carol.

  • The View From Away: Just another day at the office

    “Thank you for choosing Tim Horton’s today, my name is Amy, how can I help you?” Amy touches her headset and flashes me that smile that says, “I may have to take this drive-through order first, but I’d rather be waiting on you.” It goes with the tone of...

  • The Universal Notebook: Weight, weight, don’t tell me

    As I have not until very recently had a weight problem, I’m afraid I have not been very sympathetic toward people who do. Now that I’m up to (wait, wait, let me go weigh myself) 190 pounds, I’m suddenly aware of how easy it is to gain weight and how hard it is to lose. Wh... 1

  • Short Relief: Stop me before I increase government, again

    Both my children are physically active. In addition to a soccer-playing son, I have a lacrosse-playing daughter. As I imagine most parents do, I want the best for both. While my wife tends to emphasize academics, I tend to focus on sports. I believe that sports are an important part of ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland Adult Education is a gem

    Portland Adult Education’s graduation ceremony is one of the most inspiring evenings of my year. I feel awed seeing teenagers, senior citizens and lots of other graduates march into Merrill Auditorium wearing the black caps and gowns that they worked so hard to earn. Many students s...

  • Letter: Send Thompson to Augusta

    I am writing to support Nancy E. Thompson as the House District 121 candidate. Nancy has volunteered her time for our young people, working to strengthen the educational opportunities in our schools. Nancy has years of business experience as an insurance agent and wants to improve the business ...

  • Letter: Monaghan-Derrig in House District 121

    Kim Monaghan-Derrig has announced that she will be running for state representative in the special election this summer in House District 121. We fully support her candidacy. Kim has long-standing roots in Cape Elizabeth. She is active on the School Board, and has a great deal of public policy an...