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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...

  • Letter: Hazard, Larson, Tucker for Falmouth School Board

    I am writing to lend my strong support for three candidates for Falmouth School Board: Karyl Hazard, Analiese Larson and Lucy Tucker. Hazard first started participating at School Board workshops two years ago, and since that time, we’ve heard her thoughtful, well-reasoned voice many ...

  • Letter: SAD 51 needs budget increase

    On June 9 and 14 voters in the SAD 51 community will vote on the proposed school budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Following three years of flat funding, the School Board is recommending a budget increase of 2.93 percent, a modest adjustment to maintain our programs, staff, facilities...

  • Letter: Falmouth's use of surplus is not new

    I recently moved to Falmouth with my wife, Kate McCrann, who grew up here, and our two kids, ages 4 and 1. I can't wait for the community center to happen. There won't be a tax increase of any kind to fund Question 1. It'll cost $5.6 million over the next 4.5 years, but not a penny of that...

  • Letter: No on 1 is Falmouth's real gamble

    Voting yes on Question 1 provides Falmouth with an invaluable chance to shape our future. As a former town councilor, I am surprised by the tone and position of some of the opponents of Question 1 in Falmouth, many of whom I normally consider to have sound business judgment and strong community...

  • Letter: SAD 51 budget deserves support

    Consistent with SAD 51’s goal of continuously improving its excellent teaching and learning environment, Cumberland and North Yarmouth voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to authorize the renovation and expansion of Greely High School. This project has already provided a substantial return on inve...

  • Letter: Falmouth library has outgrown its home

    I lived in Falmouth for 25 years, and my long relationship with Falmouth Memorial Library began when my family first visited the library in 1981. I was honored to be appointed a library trustee in 1993. The library board soon realized that the building we all loved no longer served our needs. B...

  • Letter: Falmouth library doesn't need more shelf space

    I have listened to both sides of this story, read the consultant’s report and have come to the conclusion that the need for additional space (and hence moving the library to Lunt School) is based on outdated formulas that merely calculate storage of book volumes based on population. ...

  • Letter: Maine should warn cell phone users

    My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 34. Two weeks ago we testified at our state capital to get warning labels on cell phones in Maine. I have researched this for a little over a year now and I am disgusted with what has been hidden from the public. It is a shame the Energy, ...