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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...

  • Letter: SAD 51 teachers should agree to renegotiate

    Your headline “SAD 51 school budget could cost up to 30 jobs” could just as easily have said “Seniors being forced from their homes by greedy SAD 51 teachers.” It seems rather greedy to accept an 8.17 percent salary increase when all about them other government empl...

  • Letter: Bring back the old Beem

    Hippies have been an amusing feature of Maine’s landscape since the Muskie days. The freedom-loving, carefree, nonviolent hippie complemented the state’s core fabric of toleration and peaceful community. Generous Mainers and visitors have looked past the vehicles and homes in variou... 1

  • Letter: Beem doesn't tell Whole Foods truth

    Edgar Allen Beem says he "could buy (albeit more expensively) at Whole Foods if I could stomach the conservative politics if its owner, John Mackey.” Beem once again regurgitates the progressive talking points with regard to “conservatives.” I am a conservative. Unlike ... 1

  • Letter: Beem cracks him up

    Edgar Allen Beem's column is always a hoot. Unless he rides a bike to get to Trader Joe's, he is helping the evil multinational oil company stockholders, like the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (whose largest equity holding is ExxonMobil) acquire their grossly unfair profits. Of course,...

  • Letter: Beem is right about taxes

    Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem for having the gumption to tell the truth: we need to raise taxes, in Maine and in the country, if we are going to remain a viable society. The talking-head millionaires on rant radio and the heads of mega-corporations talking directly to "our representatives" have cre...

  • The Universal Notebook: The companies you keep

    Over the years, I have sometimes been accused of being anti-business. As a progressive, I tend to favor labor over management, the common good over corporate profit, cooperation over competition. But there are some companies I love despite myself. I am spoiled, of course, by having a spous...

  • Probing Politics: The Legislature's taxing logic

    Here’s a question that most people outside the capitol in Augusta could answer correctly with very little policy background. If Maine wanted to encourage retaining high-wage manufacturing jobs would it A) increase the tax on fuel and electricity used in manufacturing or B) retain or even re...

  • Letter: Otten story a 'hatchet job'

    Most successful business owners have had setbacks in their careers. The proof of a successful career is one's ability to bounce back from tough times. Not only has Les Otten helped create many hundreds of jobs in the Bethel area, but most of these jobs still exist. Otten is still creating ...