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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...

  • The Universal Notebook: All (non-partisan) politics are local

    Since the sore sports who lost the Taxpayer Bill of Rights referendums managed to saddle Maine cities and towns with a budget validation process that gives budget-cutters a second bite at the apple, town meetings haven’t been quite the same. Used to be that we voted on Election Day a... 1

  • No Sugar Added: A commencement commentary

    Forgive me dearest readers, for I have sinned. I realize my maternal emotions have taken over as of late, leading me to share with you the torrent of eldest-child-related-activities which have taken center stage in my life for the past seven months: college searching, prom-dress contemplations, a...

  • Short Relief: Channeling the sports curmudgeon

    My turn to play the role of a soccer dad has come. I spent my Memorial Day weekend at Nauset, Mass., Regional High School, on Cape Cod, attending a New England Soccer Classic tournament. Like others before me, I sat on the sidelines while my son’s team played teams composed of other...

  • Letter: Festival reflects best of Falmouth

    I just wanted to thank all the volunteers who put together the Farewell Festival at the soon to be closed Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools over the weekend. So many volunteers participated in organizing the weekend activities. A lot of hard work went into making it so special, from the parade, to t...

  • Letter: Festival supports Falmouth schools

    The steering committee for the Farewell Festival: Saying Goodbye to Our Grand Old Schools celebration, marking the closing of the Plummer-Motz and Lunt Schools in Falmouth, would like to thank all of the people and organizations that made this two-day event possible. All of our volunteers, attend...

  • Letter: South Portland values input on high school

    We would like to thank all the residents of South Portland that attended our open house for the South Portland High School renovation last week. More than 200 people attended and we heard many great ideas from people throughout our community. We hope to organize another event in the fall when ...

  • Letter: Dangerous intersection in Scarborough

    On Sunday afternoon I happened upon another in a long line of serious, multi-car accidents at the intersection of Route 1, Milliken Road and the Anjon's restaurant parking lot exit in Scarborough. Why isn't the town or the state taking measures to improve safety at this high-accident intersectio...

  • Letter: Brunswick neighborhood no place for trains

    As a resident of Bouchard Drive in Brunswick, I wish to express strongly my opinion against the proposed Amtrak layover and maintenance facility at the vicinity of 2 Turner St. Several points must be made clear. First, the proposed 40,000-foot long, three-story facility would ruin our neighborh...