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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...

  • Probing Politics: Don't blame the unions, look in the mirror

    Few would dispute that the labor movement in the United States has helped deliver safer working conditions, higher wages and generous benefits. Along with the GI Bill that enabled tens of thousands of veterans to pursue higher education, the unions have helped build the middle class. Despi...

  • Universal Notebook: Raise taxes, please!

    In these dire economic times, it’s easy for politicians to take the No New Taxes pledge. How could you possibly raise taxes when people are hurting, right? Wrong. A refusal to raise taxes when needed is political cowardice, plain and simple. Fiscal responsibility doesn’t just m...

  • Letter: Falmouth ignores land owners

    For many of us a dictionary or interpreter is needed to translate Falmouth's 84-page resource conservation report into something we can all understand. What is the clear evidence that these animals are in danger of significant loss of habitat in Falmouth? Preserving nature is indeed important, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Indiana Faithfull in black-and-white and gray

    Kids can be cruel. As Indiana Faithfull stepped to the line to shoot foul shots in last week's high school basketball tournament, the Windham High School student section broke into chants of “Chea-ter! Chea-ter!” and “USA! USA!” The long, lanky point guard, an Austr...

  • Global Matters: Communicating across cultures

    A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but most of us have discovered that when it comes to communication, not everyone opts for the most direct route. Some people simply have difficulty getting to the point. Others prefer to couch their communications in nuance a...

  • Letter: What makes Scarborough great

    Scarborough Cub Scout Pack 47 Den 11 meets at the Pleasant Hill Station of the Fire Department on a regular basis. For the past two meetings, Cub Scouts have been interacting with the call company and per diem members of that station to become more aware of fire safety and what actions they shoul...

  • Letter: Watson comments don't help Brunswick

    I was quite shocked to read about Byron Watson's ridiculously unprofessional e-mail to Speaker Hannah Pingree and his disrespectful comments about our legislative delegation. I understand that he may be upset with the state's proposed cut in school funding – we all are – but his acti...

  • Letter: Brunswick chairman should resign

    There is no way to rationally look at the comments that the School Board chairman, Byron Watson, made in regards to House Speaker Hannah Pingree except with utter disbelief. Had he simply presented the merits of his message that Brunswick is being hit much harder than any other community in the ...