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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...

  • No Sugar Added: The gift of remembrance

    As Christmas approached, three things were glued to me. Like additional limbs. No, not my trio of children. Their “wish lists.” They never left my side. Folded up, in my purse, the back pocket of my jeans or between the pages of my Filofax (yes, I said Filofax. I like paper, r... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: 2011 predictions and a resolution

    One of the most persistent of human follies is the presumption that we can somehow predict the future. In case you hadn’t noticed, we can’t. I don’t just mean you and I can’t; no one can. Stars, tea leaves, tarot cards, crystal balls, Ouija boards, Magic Eight Balls... 1

  • Letter: 'Sanctimonious liberals' are the problem

    Sanctimonious liberals seem to be something of a problem in politics. The presidency changes the man because the man finally finds out what is really going on in the world. Obama seems to be teachable. Liberals are irritated by Obama's acceptance of a tax bill that keeps millions more off... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth makes progress on energy

    At a recent Falmouth Town Council meeting two ordinances were passed that are noteworthy. In a period of unpredictable and rising energy prices and increasing awareness of the impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels, Falmouth citizens brought forward initiatives to obtain loan funds to make th...

  • Letter: Falmouth should welcome bigger Walmart

    I watch in disbelief when Falmouth Councilor Bonny Rodden and her committees, Community Development and Long Fange Planning, work on Route 1. This has been going on since 2005 with Bonny and since 1995 with former Councilor George Thebarge. It’s about time the council closed down both commi...

  • Letter: Clam Santas come through

    The Maine Clammers Association would like to thank people for all the generous and thoughtful contributions that have made this year's Santa Fund a huge success. It's never too late to contribute to the Santa Fund. In fact, the fund is operating slightly in the red. Recently we learned o...

  • The Universal Notebook: Season's greetings

    Season’s greetings! How’s it goin’? Waddaya know?

  • Letter: Newman engenders confidence

    Recently, Perry B. Newman summarized his reaction to the November election and clearly remembered both his disappointment (over Eliot Cutler's defeat) and the affect on him of what he described as "meanness" shown in the campaign. Mr. Newman is a very upbeat and positive person and that is eviden... 1