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  • Letter: Yarmouth town councilor knows value of communication

    Thank you to the Yarmouth Town Council and, more specifically, Counselor Andrew Kittredge, on increasing the communication being distributed to residents. The use of social media is a fantastic vehicle for getting information out to the public to invite participation with those issues and decisio...

  • Letter: Did Brunswick officials violate their own policy?

    After reading the Oct. 31 issue, I am finding difficulty in understanding the “concern” of Brunswickk's town councilors. An article states “since the policy was enacted in 1995, town managers have allowed employees, on a largely informal basis, to collect extra vacation time.&rd...

  • Letter: It's 1950 all over again

    In 1950 the Republicans were the minority party in Congress, as they are today. On June 1 of that year Sen. Margaret Chase Smith made her “Declaration of Conscience” speech. She said, "The Democratic Party should be replaced. Yet to displace it with a Republican regime embracing a phi...

  • Letter: Falmouth should support new town center

    I’m writing to support a plan creating a town center in the soon-to-be-vacated Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools in Falmouth. Often taxpayers can be scared away from town improvements because of potentially bigger tax bills, but residents need more time to know all of the funding options...

  • Letter: Re-elect Bliss in Senate District 7

    I normally do not involve myself in politics, but after several recent events, I am compelled to write a letter urging people to vote for Sen. Larry Bliss in the upcoming Senate District 7 election. Like many others, I had become disenchanted by the political process, and disappointed by hastily...

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 3

    Over the past two decades Maine voters have overwhelmingly supported Land for Maine’s Future bonds which have helped protect 26 sites in Cumberland and York counties alone. Local projects include trails along the Presumpscot River in Portland, woodlands in Falmouth, two seabird nesting isla...

  • The Universal Notebook: The meat of the matter

    Are you a vegetarian? Neither am I, but we probably should be, both for the good of our bodies and of our souls. In a recent newspaper column entitled “How Will the Future Judge Us?,” Princeton University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah prophesizes that posterity will...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community donates generously for student eyeglasses

    OK, confession time. I felt scared as I prepared to address the Portland Regional Chamber for the first time at last month’s "Eggs & Issues” program. This wasn’t stage fright. I’ve done plenty of public speaking. But I’d never used my position as a scho...

  • Forecaster Forum: Charter Commission gambles with Portland's future

    The Charter Commission is proposing a change in how Portland governs itself, asking citizens to gamble that a full-time elected mayor with a four-year term of office can produce better government than our current arrangement of a city manager reporting to a nine-member City Council. This i...

  • Forecaster Forum: We all share responsibility for the death of Tyler Clementi

    No doubt Tyler Clementi’s college roommate thought it would be hilarious to video record then broadcast the 18-year-old promising violinist, whom he earlier outed, in an intimate gay encounter. No doubt he called it an innocent prank. Not funny. Maybe now, a hate crime. Let us be cl... 2