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  • The Universal Notebook: We are all illegal immigrants

    So President Barack Obama has finally decided to bypass Congress and enact sweeping immigration reforms himself. It's about time. House Republicans long ago forfeited the right to be considered anything other than obstructionist ideologues. They care more about winning than they do about s...

  • The Right View: Teach your children what it means to be an American

    On the occasion of America’s 238th birthday, I find myself wondering about our current state of affairs, and how we got here. I think I may have an idea. To the parents and grandparents out there, I ask this: Sit down with your children or grandchildren, and quiz them on the Constitu...

  • Letter: Leave discipline to Yarmouth parents

    I agree with Michael Waxman’s column on Yarmouth’s Athletic Code on one account: our athletes (our children) should not have to sign a code. It is the parents’ responsibility to teach our kids right from wrong and to discipline. It is the schools’ responsibility to teach...

  • Letter: Falmouth ignores prudent path

    Does the typical Falmouth property owner retrofit their old home for ancillary use when moving into a new home? No, they sell it and use the proceeds as a down payment. How about leaving well enough alone and using proceeds from the sale of old schools/town property to retire the debt for the ne...

  • Letter: A 'big green thanks' from Falmouth kids

    The Green Team at Plummer-Motz School would like to thank you for voting for our video. Regardless of whether we win the America’s Greenest School contest or not, we already consider ourselves winners because of your support. We felt special knowing that you were on our side. Our community ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Across the great divide

    I drove to the Portland Expo last week, not to see President Obama, but to observe the crowd gathered outside. I’d say the pro-Obama folks outnumbered the anti-Obama demonstrators by better than 3-1, but I was impressed that everyone seemed to get along politely. The one confrontatio... 3

  • Short Relief: Things get out of control when juries disregard the law

    I was a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1990s. Washington was known as the murder capital of the country at the time. Violence was rampant. In parts of the city, law-abiding citizens cowered in their homes, afraid to go outside for fear of catching a bullet. At times, law en... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Public servants or public masters?

    Time was when taking a job with the government was seen as a bit of a sacrifice, and hence the term "public service" seemed appropriate. Those working in government were giving up financial reward while they provided services to the public. When I graduated from college with a degree in e...

  • Forecaster Forum: Criticism of Yarmouth Honor Code is off target

    Last week, Michael Waxman made several assertions about the appropriate role of schools in student’s lives and Yarmouth’s Extracurricular Honor Code. His central point – that schools are not parents and should not be the primary source of discipline for our children – was ...

  • Letter: The message students send

    Michael Waxman’s letter last week seems to imply that our schools should only focus on getting our students into good schools and not worrying about their moral and civic development. I find this a complete antithesis of how I view education. In the classroom, while reading "The Gre...