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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: 'Mr. President, why do you hate us?'

    Back on April Fool’s Day, when President Barack Obama spoke in support of health care reform at the Portland Exposition Building, among the tea party protesters outside was a lady carrying a sign that read “Mr. President, why do you hate us?” Eight months later, liberal D... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Coming out of the closet (again)

    I have a confession to make. I’m done living a lie. I’m coming out. Of the closet. No, I am not here to tell you, dear readers, that I am a lesbian. Although, during my seven years of dating, I have more than once considered taking the alternate path. No, when I say closet, I a...

  • Superintendent’s Notebook: Nothing wrong with kids these days

    I often hear phrases that start “Kids these days ...” and imply that youngsters are less thoughtful, caring or engaged than in past generations. Sometimes, people ask me, “What are young people thinking?” Or they remark, “I don’t know what’s happening w...

  • Letter: Process is the problem at Higgins Beach

    I want to address a comment from Councilor Ron Ahlquist that was directed at my remarks about the Higgins Beach Ad-Hoc Parking Committee at the Scarborough Town Council Meeting on Dec. 1. My statements about the inadequate representation of the town and the lack of option identification/ev...

  • Letter: Public access under attack at Higgins Beach

    Imagine a beautiful winter’s day, low tide, lots of beach to walk on, kids all bundled up, dog in the car, everyone excited to be going to Higgins Beach, and then you drive around looking for a parking spot and all you see are "No Parking" signs. That could be the reality this winter. ...

  • Letter: Falmouth school chief 'lost at sea'

    Falmouth School Superintendent Barbara Powers seems to be lost at sea. In a School Board meeting this year she didn’t know the correct number of students to teachers in the system, the number of teachers (FTEs) under her supervision (it’s 197.43, not the 180 Powers thought), she didn...

  • Letter: The failure of Beem's 'evolving liberal world'

    This is a response to Edgar Allen Beem’s “Universal Notebook” of Dec. 1-3. The particular subject was the appointments Gov.-elect Paul LePage made to his transition team. Beem characterized most of them as “tax-cappers, tea-partiers and (horror of horrors) constitutionalis... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: We were all better off when …

    Rationally, we all know the good old days weren’t. Still, we tend to look back through rose-colored glasses to what we remember as simpler times. Despite my best efforts to be forward-thinking and optimistic about the future, every once in awhile it occurs to me that we were all bett...