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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: 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...

  • Letter: Plurality puts LePage in good company

    Several of your columnists and letter writers have recently emphasized that “62 percent of the electorate didn’t vote for (Gov. LePage).” This “badge of rejection” is worn also by Presidents Lincoln (60.4 percent, 1860), Wilson (58.8 percent, 1912) and Clinton...

  • Letter: Idling trains irk South Portland neighborhood

    I live in close proximity to the Rigby train yard in South Portland with my wife and kids. We have no problem with trains coming and going or with the sound of the trains, as we expected those things when we moved here. What I do have trouble with though, is the way they leave the trains running ...