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  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...

  • The Right View: Economics is a matter of right vs. left

    While out driving last week, I caught a bit of the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. A gentleman had called in making the case that while many of us are out here in the media shouting about right-this and left-that, he was just trying to work and survive. While we are all discussing soc...

  • Letter: Don't balance Portland school budget on adult ed

    I read Superintendent James C. Morse Sr.’s most recent “Notebook” with disbelief. No doubt this budget cycle is the most challenging in years. As Morse described what his proposed budget will accomplish, he neglected to include what it is likely to destroy: our adult education...

  • Letter: A reply to Falmouth School Board member

    Contrary to Andrew Kinley's letter, I don’t have disdain for teachers. I respect teachers, I personally like many of our teachers, and unlike most of the Falmouth School Board I am a licensed teacher in Maine for nearly six years. What I have unbridled contempt for are those on various go...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Operation Smile benefit

    The Bath Cosmopolitan Club wants to express its appreciation to community sponsors of the Operation Smile Benefit Concert on March 5 at Morse High School. Huge thanks to Dr. Thomas Anglim, Dr. Vance Horne, Sharon Drake, Michael Baribeau, Now You’re Cooking, Reny’s, Bath Savings, Miosa...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: My toughest assignment

    Crafting a budget for the next school year was the most difficult assignment of my 22-year career. The Portland Public Schools face the loss of more than $6 million in state and federal funds. That forced us to make painful cuts, including a reduction of nearly 81 positions. Voluntary re...

  • The Universal Notebook: The case against public broadcasting

    Will wonders never cease? While writing about life in the same southern Maine communities for decades, Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon and I have never to my knowledge agreed about anything. Harmon is a hard-core conservative. I am a soft-hearted liberal. But I woke up this mor...

  • Letter: Check yes for Clean Elections

    It's that time of year again: tax season. This year, I’m checking yes for Clean Elections when I fill out my Maine income tax form. Checking yes supports Maine’s first-in-the-nation Clean Election system, but it doesn’t add anything to the tax bill. It’s simply a ...

  • Letter: Cumberland extraction rules affect most residents

    I am curious as to why there has been no mention that Elvin and Randy Copp have already clear-cut approximately 40 acres, filled in a small pond and screened and extracted tons of material on the Cumberland property that prompted a town review of rules for gravel pits and water removal. This prop...

  • Letter: Gravel pit decision in Cumberland has consequences for Falmouth

    I am writing in hope of making people in Cumberland and Falmouth aware of the potential for having a gravel pit developed in their backyard.  If you have been following the story involving Cumberland land along the Falmouth line, you know the controversy over a proposed gravel pit and c...