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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Global Matters: When duty calls, will we answer?

    I arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport shortly after midnight, and among the throng awaiting my fellow passengers was a uniformed gentleman holding a small sign bearing the logo of a hotel and my name. I made eye contact and he signaled me to meet him on the other side of ... 2

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Setting budget priorities

    Budgets represent a community’s priorities. As I crafted my 2010-2011 budget for the Portland Public Schools, I faced the challenge of meeting students’ needs and moving our district forward, while keeping costs affordable for taxpayers. Fortunately, more than 100 residents re...

  • Forecaster Forum: Don't confuse budget balancing with 'anti-business'

    In a recent column (“The Legislature’s taxing logic”) Tony Payne took the Legislature’s Taxation Committee to task for suggesting that a portion of the structural budget hole might be filled by reducing a present business tax break. Payne then went on to complain that mere...

  • Letter: Falmouth CDC chairwoman responds

    A letter titled "Falmouth conservation plan goes too far" last week addressed changes made in a proposed ordinance regarding the town’s natural resources. The changes were made by the Community Development Committee to accommodate landowners who had voiced concerns that the original proposa...

  • Letter: A response from Les Otten

    I am writing in response to an article ("Risky business: Les Otten and the rise and fall of American Skiing Co.") written by Marian McCue and John Christie. It was disappointing to learn after the fact that the story was written by a person who contributed the maximum amount allowable by l...

  • Letter: Parking ban unnecessary in South Portland

    Most towns and cities in Maine during this slight winter storm season got through on several nights, where there was an official snow street parking ban. Imagine that. A handful of nights where you could not park on the street, without a ticket or a tow. Not so in South Portland. We are on t...

  • Letter: Support for Falmouth Flyer

    With the Falmouth Flyer bus still quite new in Falmouth, residents are just learning how wonderfully relaxing and fun riding the bus into Portland, or to Route 1 shopping, movies, or Town Landing, can be. That's why it's such great news that the Town Council found the funding to keep the full cu...

  • Letter: Challenges ahead for Falmouth bus

    I want to thank the Falmouth Town Council for their decision to continue the Metro bus service. I have been using the bus for commuting purposes for two years and find it prompt, dependable, convenient and affordable. The council’s decision comes at a time when there are challenges ahead fa...