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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • Letter: LePage agenda threatens tourism

    Is our governor really "pro business"? Granted, the more than 50 proposed bills that he and his supporters are announcing do indeed appear to be aimed at helping some businesses function without certain legal restraints. Yet one of Maine's largest sources of income – tourism – appears...

  • Letter: Pension 'crisis' a 'money grab'

    Regarding Edgar Allen Beem's column “Maine’s Phony Pension Crisis,” the Pension Protection Act of 2006 for defined benefit plans changed funding requirements to 15 years from the previous 30-year standard. “Red zone” plans were mandated to terminate certain benefits...

  • Letter: Beem 'on target' about LePage, mural

    Edgar Allen Beem's column "Reign of error in LePage's state of me" is right on target. Gov. Paul Lepage has no right to take down public art because he doesn't like it. There is a legal process to remove public art that is deemed not suitable. It was just done in Portland concerning a sculpture t... 1

  • Letter: Beem bares society's problems

    Not only are Edgar Allen Beem's insights the most culturally literate published in Maine, but they demonstrate a capacity for articulating the most broad understanding of our desperate socio-economic situation at the hands of the international corporate commissariat. It is ironic that those who c... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: Reign of error in LePage's state of me

    Of all the things there are to be upset about when it comes to Gov. Paul LePage’s notorious order removing the Maine labor history mural from the Department of Labor, the thing that bothers me most is the state’s sick argument that taking down the mural is an act of constitutionally p... 48

  • Letter: South Portland leaves dog owners holding the bag

    The South Portland Dog Owners Group has been informed that, due to budget constraints, the city is likely to discontinue supplying dog waste bags at our parks and beaches in the next few weeks. Our group spoke out against this budget cut when it was first proposed last fall and we continue to opp...

  • Letter: Vote for Dill in Senate District 7

    Please join me in voting for Rep. Cynthia Dill for the state Senate District 7 seat recently vacated by Sen. Larry Bliss. Cynthia is in her third term in the House of Representatives and has a keen understanding of the legislative process. She is willing and eager to tackle issues that face our...

  • No Sugar Added: It's still a Barbie world

    A couple of weeks ago, my lovely mother, Louise, arrived for a visit. She brought with her a newspaper, with the front page of Section D boasting a Technicolor photograph of a middle-aged woman with a jaw-length hairdo, wire-frame glasses, and a disturbingly startled look upon her face. Ap...