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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Beem upholds the double standard

    I was waiting for it. I knew that Edgar Allen Beem would not be able to stop himself from blaming “the Right” for Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage. Once Paul Krugman, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann blazed the trail, Beem would jump right in. However, I also knew that ... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to Conflagrationland

    Unless you live in a bomb shelter, you know about the fire storm that erupted last week after Gov. Paul LePage told the NAACP to "kiss my butt." It was a new low for the new governor, whose promise last year to tell the president of the United States "to go to hell" was largely written off... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Time to stop the crazy talk

    In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there has been a lot of finger-pointing but not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to why a deranged young man attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the process killing and wounding bystanders. From the outset, th... 3

  • Letter: Council thanks Prouts Neck residents

    In November, the Prouts Neck Association Community Grant Program awarded $1,000 to the Scarborough Athletic Council. The grant money is a wonderful reflection of tremendous generosity shown by residents of the Prouts Neck community. Scarborough Athletic Council would like to formally thank...

  • Letter: Dodge doesn't speak for tea party

    Andrew Ian Dodge is a very interesting individual. However, he is not the leader of the tea party in Maine. There are many factions within the tea party movement. I believe Mr. Dodge is involved with Tea Party Patriots, a national organization. The major tea party movement in Maine was started by... 1

  • Letter: Advice for Harpswell critics of SAD 75

    As a resident of Harpswell I have seen a lot of bickering going on between one person or another for a multitude of reasons. The residents of this seaside town seem to have an inability to get together to reach any kind of a consensus on many issues. This time, Mr. McIntyre and his posse have d...

  • Letter: Beware of Cumberland zoning changes

    Eighty percent of Cumberland is zoned RR1 or RR2 (rural-residential) which currently allows mineral extraction (sand, gravel, loam, top soil, clay, etc.) and water extraction. These type of activities, in my opinion, are commercial/industrial uses and should not be allowed in residential zones.

  • Letter: LePage's explanation falls short

    I come from simple people, many with high school educations, some with less. I'm sure some of my Canadian great aunts and uncles would not have known English words like "civility." But they came to the United States to assimilate, to work hard, to be good citizens. My father's folks grew up on ...