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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...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A plan for Portland's future

    Many of us have been involved in strategic planning initiatives. Private industry, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and schools across the country work tirelessly on such plans. The attitudes of those asked to write the plans range from enthusiasm to dread. As you migh...

  • Forecaster Forum: Wentworth school project will strengthen Scarborough

    After reading last week's Forum by Jeffrey Messer, I would like to give the voters of Scarborough the correct information regarding the proposed Wentworth Intermediate School replacement project. As a practicing architectural designer for 13 years, I understand all aspects of schematic des... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth school reflects community

    I had the great fortune to be one of the almost 300 people to attend the dedication ceremony of Falmouth's new elementary school. It was a perfect day to officially open the doors and welcome our community inside to share in what we all built together. Our school is an achievement in it's ... 1

  • Letter: Peoples' veto raises questions

    This November's ballot will include a question to repeal LD 1376, the law that ends Election Day voter registration, so municipal clerks may focus their energy on the election and also afford them adequate time to verify applicants' qualifications. In addition, it requires registrars to accept re... 5

  • Letter: Beem practices 'Apologetics'

    Edgar Allen Beem attributes our "economic hole" to Republican "deficit spending, needless wars" and corporate tax breaks. But since January 2009, the national debt and unemployment rate tripled, and the budget deficit quadrupled, via various bailouts, an unwanted health care act, another ... 2

  • Letter: Power shortage for Portland mayor

    In the recent story by Randy Billings about the candidates for Portland mayor he misses the most important detail about the new mayor's "power" of vetoing the city budget. That is not that it can be overturned by six city councilors, but that it first takes seven councilors to pass the budget.

  • Editorial: Are the wheels on the bus coming off?

    If you're the parent of a student who rides public school buses in greater Portland and you haven't given a second thought to who is driving your child to and from school, an investigation b... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Read my lips: Raise taxes

    Can you believe that the Maine Legislature is seriously considering cutting the state’s top income tax rate from 7.95 percent to 4 percent, a move that could cause a loss of $500 million in revenue on top of the $400 million in revenue lost to earlier tax cuts? You’d think the ... 19