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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • The Universal Notebook: Conservatives must learn to conserve

    As he stumbles around the state in the early days of his administration, Gov. Paul LePage frequently gets worked up about out-of-state ownership of Maine’s prime lakefront and oceanfront property, complaining about the influx of people from Massachusetts and arguing that Maine land should b... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Valentine’s Day is not for sissies

    These are the days that try men’s souls. And women’s. I speak not of our nation’s economic woes, nor of the mountains of snow threatening to collapse our roofs. No, ladies and gentlemen, I speak of the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Having been s...

  • Letter: Fundraisers aid South Portland Food Cupboard

    We were so appreciative of the many food drives and fundraisers conducted on behalf of the South Portland Food Cupboard during November and December, that we wanted to acknowledge them. Portland: Portland Eagles, Nutrition Works. Falmouth: Greener Postures Yoga. Scarborough: Maine Medical...

  • Letter: Gun rights don't trump common sense

    Written in 1791, back when the guns available included a flintlock rifle that could fire one bullet every minute if you were a quick reloader, the Second Amendment is often quoted when gun regulations are discussed. I am a hunter, and appreciate that the right to bear arms has its place in a dem... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth FD deserves thanks, help

    First, a thank you to the Falmouth Fire Department. This volunteer department has responded to two recent fires in town. Unfortunately, the buildings could not be saved, but everyone got out without injury. This has brought to mind that people in the community need to take a little responsibil...

  • Letter: Cast-off carrier not right for Portland Harbor

    Stephen M. Woods' column regarding the Portland City Council’s rejection of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy reminded me of historic maritime projects that I have worked on....

  • Letter: Energy Alliance story a 'cartoon'

    The performance of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, and its effectiveness or ineffectiveness in helping Maine people winterize their homes, are topics worthy of scrutiny. The group’s track record is fair game for even the harshest objective analysis. I don’t feel the same way a...

  • The Universal Notebook: The last smoker on Earth

    One morning about two weeks ago, I woke up and decided to see how long I could go without smoking. I didn’t have any plans to quit. I hadn’t made a resolution, hadn’t set a date, no drugs, no patches, no crutches. I just thought I’d see if I could make it a couple of hours... 6