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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...

  • Letter: Please don't feed the ducks

    I am writing because I would like to publicize the issue of feeding ducks. I know it is a fun way to spend time with your family, and its great to sit and watch the pond. I know people think they are helping by feeding the ducks, but you are really not. Feeding ducks can cause duck malnutrition, ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maybe they should call it Black & Blue Friday

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The holiday shopping season is inevitable and unavoidable; some call it "the most wonderful time of the year." But those of us who work in retail would probably not agree. It is a time that those of us behind the cash registers both relish and dread; a time wh...

  • The Universal Notebook: Occupy the Republican Party

    The stunning failure of the congressional supercommittee to agree upon how to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion was entirely a function of the unwillingness of Republicans to compromise. Democrats tried to protect social programs serving the poor, the disabled, the elderly and wo... 21

  • The View From Away: A lawyer, a comic and a comedy writer walk into the past ...

    Rationally, I never had a chance as a stand-up. It’s simple common sense. If you hate being recognized or touched or complimented, and I did, you probably shouldn’t be trying to get famous. Fortunately, I thought my love for the art would trump all that, paving the way for 10...

  • Global Matters: Maine fails the business investment multiple-choice test

    Imagine that you are about to make a major purchase. You’re considering several different brands. Sales teams from the manufacturers have called on you. They’ve left you with literature describing their products and their companies. Each has tried to convince you that investing...

  • Letter: Brunswick opposition delays Downeaster service

    Patrick Rael’s letter attacking the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, its board of directors and its capable executive director is filled with misinformation. He intimates that only in April did NNEPRA propose a layover facility. Wrong. The layover facility has been ...

  • Letter: Save Falmouth's water views

    Falmouth is an unique place to live since it has both a coastal community and a lakefront community on Highland Lake. Residents and visitors are drawn to these areas because they have something in common: they enjoy the water and their beautiful views. You should take notice because the Falmout...

  • Letter: What's unsaid about OccupyMaine, welfare fraud

    My comment plays to Edgar Allen Beem's recent Universal Notebook commentary of our governor's proposal to drug test welfare recipients. No doubt Gov. LePage received another anonymous letter. (I suppose it sounds better then hearing voices.) But it also feeds into other newspapers' recent arti... 1