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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • 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...

  • Letter: Send Thompson to Augusta

    I am writing to support Nancy E. Thompson as the House District 121 candidate. Nancy has volunteered her time for our young people, working to strengthen the educational opportunities in our schools. Nancy has years of business experience as an insurance agent and wants to improve the business ...

  • Letter: Monaghan-Derrig in House District 121

    Kim Monaghan-Derrig has announced that she will be running for state representative in the special election this summer in House District 121. We fully support her candidacy. Kim has long-standing roots in Cape Elizabeth. She is active on the School Board, and has a great deal of public policy an...

  • Letter: Falmouth's town center already exists

    Add my name to the list of "lame-brainers" who along with Fred Chase voted against the so-called "Town Center" plan in Falmouth. I think letter-writer Joe O'Donnell owes Fred an apology. Twenty years ago the village center was conceived. This was planned around the Route1 corridor. At firs...

  • Letter: A response from Yarmouth school chief

    Your editorial (“Hear no Evil”) reminds me that when we oversimplify an issue, we overlook common sense. A complaint about how cafeteria employees handled lunch is not a direct concern of a school committee, whose role is clearly defined by law. A Yarmouth policy addressing com...

  • No Sugar Added: What I did on our family vacation

    Everyone knows that the last day of school signals the official commencement of summer, as well as the moment when anxious cries begin to rise from parents everywhere who cannot afford at least a couple of weeks of summer camp for their children, or have merely forgotten to send in the registrati...