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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 ...

  • Letter: The lesson of Falmouth's election

    The June 14 Falmouth municipal election results showed us what happens when motivated voters truly get into the political process. There are some who feel the use of political signs has gone way too far however, this year’s old-style political activities were in part a direct result ...

  • The Universal Notebook: A year without summer

    Unless I’m mistaken, 2011 is shaping up to be another year without a summer, at least not much of one. Here we are sailing into July and I haven’t been to the beach yet, we don’t have the raft out at the lake, and next week is Clam Festival. Having lived in Yarmouth 30 ye... 14

  • 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...

  • Letter: As New Jersey goes, so goes Maine

    "Kiss my toxic landfill" asks Edgar Allen Beem? No, kiss my toxic governor. Paul LePage is following the script from Tea Party Central. It is written, it is being implemented, and no public opposition will influence the plan. I come from New Jersey, where toxic wastes have forced the closi...

  • Editorial: Hear no evil: Cape Elizabeth School Board clamps down on public comment

    You're a Cape Elizabeth parent whose child comes home from school on a Tuesday with news that raises your eyebrows. Maybe it's the way cafeteria employees handled that day's lunch food. Maybe it was the behavior of another kid on the school bus. Perhaps it wasn't even disturbing: maybe you... 5

  • The Universal Notebook: Kiss my toxic landfill

    In the waning days of the current session, the Maine Legislature managed to slip a number of fast ones by us, perhaps none more misguided than the decision to allow the owners of the paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket to “give” the state their toxic Dolby landfill because...

  • Global Matters: Celebrating something even greater than the Stanley Cup

    This week, while most of us are focusing on our own upcoming Independence Day, Canada on July 1 will observe its 144th birthday. Canada Day and indeed Canada generally tend not to occupy our thoughts to any significant extent in this country. But Canada has been much on my mind these past ...