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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Orestis brings good experience to Falmouth council

    I have known Chris Orestis for a number of years. I was thrilled to learn he is running for Falmouth Town Council. His experience as a business owner will bring an important perspective to the council. As a business owner myself, I respect his responsible approach to ...

  • Letter: Orestis will make Falmouth schools a council priority

    We moved to Falmouth because we believed the town's public school system would give our children access to a superior education. Over the last several months, we have followed and contributed to the discussion on the 2012 school budget. We overwhelmingly support the budget and full-day kin...

  • Letter: Falmouth library, campus deserve support

    As a trustee of the Falmouth Memorial Library for the past four years, I have been deeply involved in addressing the space needs of our library. Circulation and usage have outpaced the growth of our town, to the point that our library does not meet state or national standards for space or access...

  • Letter: 'Town center' will make Falmouth proud

    Congratulations to the Falmouth Town Council and staff on marshaling balanced information and public comment. We are persuaded that the proposed Falmouth "town center" will provide a long-needed multipurpose facility. It will serve all ages. It's good economics: well-planned use of valuable sp...

  • Letter: Falmouth pantry values help from USM

    As part of the annual Day of Service through the University of Southern Maine on April 15, the Falmouth Food Pantry benefited from the hard work of Jennifer, Bradley, and Levy. We want to thank them for their thorough scrubbing of every storage unit, reinforcing many wobbly shelves, cleaning the ...

  • Editor's Notebook: Keep those (signed) cards and letters coming

    The great South Dakota letters experiment is kaput. I wrote last December about a decision by the weekly Freeman Courier to publish letters by writers who requested anonymity. It was a six-month trial designed to test whether relaxing the paper's requirement for signed letters would encour...

  • The Universal Notebook: Maine’s phony pension crisis

    The Republican war on the poor is in full swing and their assault on the working class is heating up. Their goal is to cut government spending at all levels for social services, destroy unions, and privatize everything they think their corporate keepers can make a big buck on, things like Medicar... 4

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Teachers union works on behalf of Portland students, taxpayers

    Early in my education career, I served as president of the teachers union in School Administrative District 3. As I later made the move from teacher to administrator, a senior teacher offered some advice. “Jimmy,” he said, being one of the few people in my life who ever called...