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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • The Universal Notebook: The embarrassment in the Blaine House

    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is off to an inauspicious beginning. He made news prior to his inauguration by promising to tell the president of the United States to “go to hell” and by threatening to punch a reporter. Since taking office, LePage has made news by hirin... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Putting the sexy back in taxes

    Recently, I reluctantly purchased something with accordion pleats, reinforced gussets, and elastic closures. No it was not, as one friend suggested, a corset. I bought folders. Legal-sized folders. If you are over the age of 21 and own anything beyond a toothbrush, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Portland's decision on USS JFK lacks leadership, wisdom

    I’m writing this on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. This is also the day after the Portland City Council unanimously voted against supporting the mere “consideration” of hosting the USS JFK aircraft carrier to serve as a floating muse... 10

  • Superintendent's Notebook: When losing means winning

    I’ve learned over the years that life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect or hope. But sometimes, failure leads to success. We fall short in achieving a big goal, but an even better opportunity awaits us around the corner. That is the case with a $200,000 grant recently...

  • Letter: Another case of left foot-in-mouth disease

    On Jan. 8, a man opened fire in a public space in Tuscon, Ariz., shooting 19 and killing 6. As with other senseless killings perpetrated by deranged individuals in this and other societies, it is impossible to derive a linear cause-and-effect relationship. That axiom, however, provides not even... 1

  • Letter: Beem upholds the double standard

    I was waiting for it. I knew that Edgar Allen Beem would not be able to stop himself from blaming “the Right” for Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage. Once Paul Krugman, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann blazed the trail, Beem would jump right in. However, I also knew that ... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to Conflagrationland

    Unless you live in a bomb shelter, you know about the fire storm that erupted last week after Gov. Paul LePage told the NAACP to "kiss my butt." It was a new low for the new governor, whose promise last year to tell the president of the United States "to go to hell" was largely written off... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Time to stop the crazy talk

    In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there has been a lot of finger-pointing but not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to why a deranged young man attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the process killing and wounding bystanders. From the outset, th... 3