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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: Brunswick should put pressure on teachers

    If the Brunswick School Board had any fear of retribution for caving in to the teachers' union yet again, last week’s budget meeting should have allayed all their anxiety. After being confronted with the facts that the union has been extracting yearly increases in salary and benefits witho...

  • Letter: Falmouth library isn't just a 'warehouse'

    I have been personally involved in the investigations regarding expanding the space of the Falmouth Memorial Library since 2006. Throughout this process I have considered how the future of our library will be affected by e-books. I’ve read articles and blogs predicting a wide range of pos...

  • Letter: Falmouth will benefit from Question 1

    I am impressed and grateful that the Falmouth Town Council was able to develop a plan to keep the Lunt/Plummer site in civic use without raising our taxes. As a result, I am voting yes on Question 1. What really appeals to me about this plan is that the town cannot increase property ta...

  • Letter: Falmouth school budget deserves support

    As school budgets are being prepared and presented for public review, comment, and voting, I want to encourage people to be certain they understand what their proposed school budget represents. While my specifics speak to the Falmouth schools, I believe this topic is important for all of us &nda...

  • Letter: No on Question 1 in Falmouth

    Six reasons for Falmouth to vote no on Question 1 on June 14: 1 — Depressed Real Estate Market with no relief in sight. 2 — Expensive surprises often found when renovating old buildings. 3 — Shaky and unknown future for libraries. 4 — Need to fu...

  • Letter: Orestis for Falmouth council

    I am writing to add my voice to the people in Falmouth supporting Chris Orestis for the Town Council election on June 14. Chris is a political moderate very much in the tradition of Maine politics where he grew up. Too often today we see our elected officials taking extreme positions that cater...

  • Global Matters: My own private Egypt

    In this paschal season, Jews have concluded the ritual observance of Passover, which celebrates, at its most basic level, the survival of the Jewish people in the face of Egyptian oppression. Of course, even now, thousands of years after the fact, the seder meal and the observance of the h...

  • The Universal Notebook: In concert with Neil Young

    Music, I am sorry to say, has not been a big part of my life since I graduated from college 40 years ago. Live music never was. Since I attended the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, I can probably count on two hands the number of concerts I have attended – Bob Dylan a couple of times, ... 3