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  • 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 ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrate Turkey Day with a Portland football tradition

    Anyone who grew up in Portland, as I did, knows that Thanksgiving means more than a family celebration with turkey and the trimmings. Every Thanksgiving, the Portland High School and Deering High School football teams face off in the Turkey Day game. Growing up on Oxford Street, I remembe...

  • Letter: Occupy Wall Street is only the beginning

    The Occupy Wall Street movement is not a passing phenomenon. In fact, war is around the corner and you won't know it from the news fog machines. First Greece, now Italy, have undergone "regime changes" at the hands of the troika – the financial-banking-speculator overlords who, along with t...

  • Letter: Wentworth committee thanks Scarborough voters

    On behalf of the Wentworth Intermediate School Building Committee, I want to thank the entire Scarborough community for its support on Election Day, when voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum question to replace the existing Wentworth Intermediate School with a new building. For ov...

  • Letter: Don't blame Brunswick residents for railroad's woes

    Patricia Quinn's letter informing Brunswick of a year-long delay in the construction of an Amtrak layover facility inaccurately contends that neighbors' concerns have delayed the facility by raising its costs. This "Quinn-spin" unjustly demonizes Brunswick taxpayers who stand between the Norther...

  • Letter: Falmouth, Cumberland should back 'channelization'

    I urge all residents and local government officials of Falmouth and Cumberland to educate themselves on the benefits of "channelization," given the increased frequency and speed of the proposed trains that our towns are to expect in the very near future. Simply put, the installation of med...

  • Letter: Newman column ignores Israeli 'stranglehold'

    In his recent column, Perry B. Newman compared the good life in Israel to the miseries in Gaza, arguing that Gazans would live likewise if only they’d oust Hamas. What Newman ignores is Israel’s stranglehold on Gaza’s economy, severely restricting exports as well as impor...

  • Letter: Channelization for Cumberland rail crossings

    I am writing to voice my support for the railroad crossing quiet zone in Cumberland. We live next to the train tracks at the Muirfield Road crossing and feel that safety should be the primary focus of this discussion. The new Downeaster trains will be going upwards of 60 mph, and rather than coun... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: A happy bird is a $100 bird

    A couple of years back, we ordered a goose for Christmas instead of our customary turkey. For some odd reason, how much the all-natural, free-range, organic bird was going to cost hadn’t occur to me until I went to pick it up at the corner grocer. Very tasty, but it’s hard to really e...