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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...

  • Letter: Beem should go back to school

    It seems like Edgar Allen Beem would like to take us back in his time transporter to 1967 to shop classrooms where balding guys in lab coats with ties tucked into their shirts held sway over captive groups of “tech” boys and nicely made up ladies dazzled girls in home economics, teach... 1

  • Letter: Smart meters reduce pollution

    Unless the Central Maine Power co. meter readers are driving electric cars or walking (and they aren't) then it's highly likely that the car-related toxins spewed into the air are more deadly than any emissions from the smart meters. It seems these factors need to be considered into the health d... 3

  • Letter: Proud of UNE pharmacy educators

    During these uncertain economic times, America’s colleges and schools of pharmacy continue to be a significant source of economic stimulation in their local communities, states and regions, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England is no exception. As we celebrate ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s stop reforming public education

    There was an outside chance, albeit remote, that I might have voted for Eliot Cutler for governor on Nov. 2, but Mr. Cutler lost my vote last week when he charged that Libby Mitchell and the Maine Education Association had formed “an unholy alliance” to block education reform. ... 16

  • No Sugar Added: The dating hiatus

    Approximately 6 months ago, being of sound mind and body, I made the decision to go on a dating hiatus. My youngest son, Charles, through a fortuitous misinterpretation, turned it into what friends and family now know as the “date-us-hate-us,” which is actually not a completely inappr... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: CMP has to work with concerned citizens on the science of smart meters

    Scientists worldwide have butted heads for years over whether non-ionizing radio-frequency radiation causes cancer and other diseases. Each side accuses the other of propagating junk science. One Washington, D.C., court has called the issue an established controversy. So Central Maine Powe... 3

  • Forecaster Forum: In Portland, it's time to choose our mayor and our future

    It’s been 87 years since Portland voters elected their mayor. In 2008, Portland voted overwhelmingly to create a 12-member Charter Commission. Among the ballot questions developed by the commission for November is local Question 1, which would allow voters to directly elect their ma...

  • Forecaster Forum: Should Portland elect its mayor? Devil is in the details

    While the No Elected Mayor campaign appreciates the work of the Portland Charter Commission, we respectfully disagree with its recommendation on the elected mayor. On the surface, the ballot question seems to be a simple question of whether or not voters in Portland want to “... prov...