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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Falmouth needs Richard

    I have often wondered why anyone would chose to be a part of our political landscape with its eternal posturing and blustering, its two steps forward, one step back dances and its total lack of ability to line dance. Just about the time these thoughts arrive in my head I seem to meet a new perso...

  • Letter: Woodbury for state Senate

    I am writing in support of Dick Woodbury as an independent for the Maine State Senate representing Falmouth, Cumberland, Gray, North Yarmouth, and Yarmouth. As an independent, Dick is not beholden to special-interest groups or to party politics. In fact, he has used his objectivity and ab...

  • Forecaster Forum: Connecting the dots in public education

    Most people aren’t fans of No Child Left Behind or federal government intervention in public education. Often one hears that NCLB had caused “teaching to the test” and narrowing of the curriculum. Strangely, the state government is poised to enact national testing, and the pub... 2

  • No Sugar Added: 'Twas the night before school ...

    ... And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for my 11-year-old, who had decided it was time to clean his room. The last day of my children’s previous school year was June 16. I do not have an advanced degree in mathematics, but by my calculations, this meant t...

  • Short Relief: Portland shouldn't dilute the right to vote

    Last year, state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, sponsored LD 1195, an act to allow non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections. Under the bill a municipality could “provide by ordinance for a person residing within its borders who is not a citizen of the United States to vote in ... 3

  • Letter: Falmouth library still likes Lunt

    The board of trustees of Falmouth Memorial Library would like to clarify that, consistent with our written resolution of Aug. 17 and Trustee Sean Joyce's comments, we believe that moving to Lunt very likely will meet our long-term needs. Our concern is and has been that this move is accomplished...

  • Letter: Wind series unfair to task force

    I write to express my disappointment regarding a series of articles authored by Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting that did not accurately represent the efforts of the Governor’s Wind Power Task Force. Gov. Baldacci established the task force with very ge... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Wrestling with religious tolerance

    Polite people don’t talk publicly about sex, money or religion. That’s what I was brought up to believe, so I guess I’m not a very polite person. I was also brought up to be tolerant of different religious beliefs. I do my best, but I’m not perfect. And I don’... 21