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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just for the sake of argument

    The most frequent comment I get in person from readers (and this happens about once a day) is, “I don’t always agree with you, but I always look forward to reading your columns.” My most frequent reply is, “I don’t always agree with me either.” Of...

  • Letter: Fast times on Pownal Range Road

    Living on Poland Range Road in Pownal is not the way life should be. Twelve neighbors plus state Rep. David Webster and Sgt. Paul Thorpe from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department met Sunday, Oct. 24, due to frustration and anger at what is happening on our patch of country road. We ...

  • Global Matters: The Blaine House through a global lens

    Given the many issues facing Maine voters, and with all candidates, particularly gubernatorial candidates, running at full tilt to address kitchen-table issues of jobs, the economy and state government efficiency, it’s little wonder that there has been no discussion of globalization, export... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Beem too easily dismisses Cutler's education plan

    Rather than engaging in a thoughtful discussion about Eliot Cutler’s plan to improve Maine’s public education system, Edgar Allen Beem’s recent column about the independent candidate for governor deteriorated into a personal attack. That shouldn’t come as a surprise... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth stifles 'unpleasant truths'

    There’s a reason Maine has a Freedom of Access law. It is a means for people in Maine to shine a light on what government does when we are too busy living our own lives to be in the offices looking over the shoulders of those we trust with our tax dollars. Beth Franklin, chairwoman of the...

  • Letter: Praise for Val Halla management, staff

    The town of Cumberland should be very proud. I have been a member of Val Halla golf course since 1974 and have never seen it in such great condition. The town has made tremendous improvements over the past few years which has made it one of the best courses in the area. Brian Bickford has don...

  • Letter: House candidate responds to critics

    I would like to set the record straight in response to two letters from supporters of Gary Foster in House District 109. I started an Economic Development and Sustainability Committee along with four members of our community to help our small businesses survive the worst economic downturn our cou...

  • Letter: Yarmouth spends too much on police

    I’ve been reading Yarmouth's annual operating budget and one huge item literally jumped off the page and hit me between the eyes. In a lovely town such as Yarmouth (population 3,560 people), where the crime rate is documented to be lower than in all other Maine communities, why do we spend ...