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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Speed tables needed in Cape Elizabeth?

    In a bizarre and almost incomprehensible accident, a 24-year-old man, driving with a suspended license, took a right turn off Sawyer Road into our driveway, then veered to the right, speeding across our front lawn and crashing his vehicle into our house. My wife and I were shocked to lear...

  • Letter: The goal should be consensus

    Edgar Allen Beem once more regales us with his divisive thoughts on the tea party and the “Evil Empire” of the Republican Party. I have a suggestion: perhaps we can all start having intelligent, meaningful discussions to solve the current economic mess. Most of the anger by the tea ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Critics risk stifling student voice, dissuading future leaders

    In recent times, the issues of voice and declining civility have come to the forefront of American politics. In Falmouth, unfortunately, it's no different. We need rational debate more than spiteful argument as we look towards our future. With that in mind, one of the central components of... 1

  • Letter: Volk thanks constituents, campaign workers

    Becoming the Representative-elect of Scarborough's District 127 was an honor. When the final results were in and it was clear that Republicans had taken majorities in  the State House and Senate, as well as the governorship, I realized just how historic our achievement was. Maine voters have...

  • The Universal Notebook: Mainers immune to hardcore tea party hysteria

    Let’s recap, shall we? Eight years of Neo-Con Republican leadership in Washington created a huge national deficit, embroiled the U.S. in two endless wars, and enabled credit and investment excesses that nearly destroyed the world economy. In 2008, therefore, Americans elected the pro... 4

  • The Superintendent's Notebook: New ideas for extracurricular activities

    As I write this column, the Deering High School Rams are preparing to compete in the Western Maine Class A football finals. The Portland High School boys’ soccer team has just completed an exciting season that brought the Bulldogs all the way to the state championship. Whether our s... 1

  • No Sugar Added: Sleighbells ring

    I heard the bells on Christmas day. OK, so it wasn’t exactly Christmas day. It was more like mid-October. I thought perhaps I had developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but no, indeed, there were bells. Silver bells. The kind Rudolph wears. I had ventured into Home G...

  • Letter: Corthell thanks supporters for learning experience

    I want to thank everyone involved in local government and politics for a great first-time experience in running for a local government office. As much as I have volunteered for political campaigns of various sizes and types, I was still not quite prepared for the experience of being a candidate ...