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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Yes on fees at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth

    No one in Cape Elizabeth is happy about the prospect of charging a parking fee to the visitors of our beautiful park. Yet, it has become very apparent that something must be done. The park’s annual expenses now total $250,000, an expense borne exclusively by the residents through property...

  • The Universal Notebook: Can you hear me now?

    The jury may still be out on whether cell phones cause brain cancer, but I can tell you from experience that cell phone bills can drive you crazy. I mean, what should a family cell phone plan cost a month? Maybe $200? A little more, a little less. Try $863.55. That’s right. Th...

  • Letter: Don't complain if you don't vote

    Did you know there was a Scarborough referendum on May 11? Several of my neighbors asked me this question. I voted, after calling Town Hall to find out when it would be. My neighbors and I do not have children in the school system so we never find out about anything to do with the schools directl...

  • Letter: Back the SAD 51 budget

    SAD 51 provides Cumberland and North Yarmouth with a superior product at a reasonable price. For the second year in a row, the district has proposed a 0 percent budget increase. With inflation at 2.2 percent for the last 12 months and built-in cost increases, arriving at a flat budget is c...

  • Letter: Proud of Falmouth school budget

    As Election Day on June 8 draws near, I would like to take a moment to thank the Falmouth parents, teachers, booster groups and taxpayers who joined us for the five-month process of meetings and workshops devoted entirely to the 2011 budget. Superintendent Barbara Powers, administrators and the ...

  • Letter: Falmouth critic's sources fall short

    The May 6 ad by Michael Doyle is misleading and riddled with unsupported assertions. Mr. Doyle’s May 17 letter notes that “about 14 percent of the paid ad space was devoted to verifiable source references.” Does one infer then that 86 per cent of the ad is not verifiable? ... 2

  • Letter: Rodden, DiBiase benefit Falmouth

    Falmouth needs responsible fiscal management, progressive thinking about the issues of our day, diligence, open minds and collaborative thinking. That is why I am supporting Barb DiBiase and Bonny Rodden for Town Council. Bonny has been a diligent councilor, has been willing to listen to others...

  • Letter: Yes on SAD 51 budget

    Last year I tuned into the SAD 51 budget cycle late in the process. Upon learning of proposed cuts, I feared that our community was choosing a path that would erode the quality of our programs and compromise the educational experience of our youth. Guided by that concern, I voted no on the prop...