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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 Question 2

    The combination of greater energy independence, creation of green jobs and making immediate energy savings is a tough combination to beat, but that’s just what Maine voters will get if we approve Question 2 on the June ballot. Question 2, a $26.5 million bond issue, funds $15.5 mill...

  • Letter: Leavitt for Cumberland council

    Cumberland is fortunate to have Sally Leavitt stand for Town Council. As a lifelong resident of Cumberland, she understands the needs of the town and its diverse communities. She has expressed new ideas and approaches to address the many challenges our town is currently facing. Sally was v...

  • Letter: Support for Falmouth council rules

    I am writing to voice my support for the Falmouth Town Council’s decision to unanimously pass a resolution that condemns name-calling, personal attacks and abusive language during meetings and in correspondence. This comes after months of behavior that Councilor Fred Chase described as ne... 1

  • Letter: Miller for Falmouth School Board

    I would like to endorse Marna Miller as a candidate for the Falmouth School Board. It has been my good fortune to have known Marna for over five years, and during that time she has proved to be an enthusiastic advocate for her children's education. Marna has always taken a great interest in the...

  • Letter: Keep Falmouth library in mind

    Lately, there have been many conversations in Falmouth about the viability of libraries in general and the need for more space at the Falmouth Memorial Library in particular. These discussions are essential for an informed voting public. It is equally critical that the following points are part...

  • Letter: Re-elect Payne in Falmouth

    Please join me in supporting Tony Payne for his re-election to the Falmouth Town Council. His ability to keep a large audience informed, engaged and encouraged to participate in the process has been extraordinary. Rarely a week goes by that there isn't something in my e-mail in-box from To...

  • The Universal Notebook: Welcome to the Grand Old (Tea) Party

    So where were the responsible adults when the Tea Party yahoos of the Knox County delegation to the Republican state convention were on their search-and-destroy mission at King Middle School in Portland? Their McCarthy-esque hunt led them to rummage through a teacher’s supplies, stea... 6

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Plans underway to improve elementary school buildings

    I was shocked to see the condition of most of Portland’s public elementary school buildings when I arrived last March as the district’s superintendent-elect. I recognize that strong teacher-student relationships are far more important than facilities. However, the building def...