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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: GOP panders to emotions

    Edgar Allen Beem is wasting his time looking for a logical common denominator in Republican positions. They're pandering to their idea of what people want, or can be made to want through emotional appeals that manage to leave an impression without rousing the critical faculties. Democrats wooing ...

  • Letter: Who needs politics?

    Many people seem to think that if they don’t like politics then they just will not need to get involved; maybe it will go away. The truth is that politics happen to everyone, whether you are looking or not. Politics affect our daily life, and that of our children. Politicians, although ...

  • Editorial: Falmouth resident's tactics give watchdogs a bad name

    An enlightened, vigilant citizenry is one of the best watchdogs on local government. But when vigilance leads to vigilantism, things tend to get ugly.  That's the case in Falmouth, where resident Michael Doyle is on a crusade to convince people their town government is broken. Sometim... 8

  • The Universal Notebook: Bring back compassionate conservatism

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got in hot water last week for saying, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?” Obviously, such a politically incorrect statement incorrectly suggests that all people of Hispanic heritage think al... 4

  • Forecaster Forum: Courts reject schools' blanket use of privacy statute

    It should be clear that just as I represent the news media, which your reporting on child restraints has mentioned, Peter C. Felmly and his firm represent many Maine school districts as well as trade associations that represent school districts. Substantively, I disagree with

  • Forecaster Forum: The whole truth about student privacy and the public's right to know

    School attorney Peter C. Felmly’s column regarding the secrecy of student records should have been titled “Why people hate lawyers,” because it exemplifies the worst t...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: School system structural changes lead to new expectations

    My first year as Portland’s superintendent of schools is done, finis, completed. It’s been an adventure, a challenge and a thrill to be home again in Portland, working on behalf of my 1973 classmates’ grandchildren (ouch) as well as all of the other children attending the Portl...

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth facilities plan a long story, short on referendum timing

    Clearly the two-year work of the Falmouth Facilities Planning Committee is complete. Its recommendation for the most expensive of 10 known options to build no less than Falmouth’s third “town center” is on the table. However, the work of the Town Council, and the thousands of ot...