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  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...

  • Letter: A reminder for the wealthy

    Lately, pleas for fairly shared sacrifice for our country's economy fall on too many deaf and inexperienced ears. As children of the Great Depression, many of us "oldies" would like to remind the most wealthy people and corporations in our beloved country that without the faithful, most un...

  • Letter: Portland boosters' plight not surprising

    I read Halsey Frank's column "Stop Me ..." with a lot a sadness, but not a lot of surprise. I have four children, two boys and two girls, all grown up. They all participated in high school sports and were in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. If I were you, I would try to have the superin...

  • 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...