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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 should reconsider open-space vote

    Something unusual happened at Falmouth’s Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 24. The council voted 4-3 to approve an amendment to our land use ordinances which reduces the open space percentage significantly in all of Falmouth’s conservation subdivisions. This vote was in spite of... 1

  • Letter: Beem smacks it out of the park

    I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Edgar Allen Beem, but two of his recent articles have clearly addressed what has been on my mind. “Enough with whining about taxes” and “The embarrassment in the Blaine House” have been home runs. Why are people bowing down t...

  • Letter: PSO performance disappoints

    Your article on composer Elliot Schwartz was very informative, but I noticed you did not critique “Diamond Jubilee.” I will. It was hard to tell which was worse – the slide show or the “music.” It was supposed to be music, wasn’t it? Isn’t music...

  • Letter: Beem talks crazy, too

    During Edgar Allen Beem's "crazy talk" rant aimed at the right, not once did he mention any " crazy talk" from the left or Democrats, such as one of the most vitriolic statements uttered by the No. 1 Democrat/leftist, President Obama, when he said during a speech, "If they bring a knife to the fi...

  • Letter: Not crazy about Beem

    Edgar Allen Beem tell us it's "Time to stop the crazy talk." Does this mean someone else will be writing his column? Porter D. Leighton 1

  • Letter: 'Healing' isn't in the right's vocabulary

    President Obama has called for a time of healing – a suggestion that will fall on deaf ears of the apologists on the extreme right. What we do hear from these people is that the Democrats are trying to take advantage of this tragedy. They have made no attempt to join with the president...

  • The Universal Notebook: The embarrassment in the Blaine House

    Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is off to an inauspicious beginning. He made news prior to his inauguration by promising to tell the president of the United States to “go to hell” and by threatening to punch a reporter. Since taking office, LePage has made news by hirin... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Putting the sexy back in taxes

    Recently, I reluctantly purchased something with accordion pleats, reinforced gussets, and elastic closures. No it was not, as one friend suggested, a corset. I bought folders. Legal-sized folders. If you are over the age of 21 and own anything beyond a toothbrush, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert ...