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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: Looking for government we can afford

    Whether you hate it or love it, government is something we can’t live without. It’s what makes a civil society possible. We’re fortunate to have a democratic form of government but it obligates us to continually define its purpose, its scope and its cost. But it can&rsquo...

  • Letter: Praise for Beem on national park

    Kudos to Edgar Allen Beem in last week's Universal Notebook when he states, "Now is the time for wholesale conservation ... The future of the North Woods does not lie in wood chips and toilet paper, it lies in keeping the largest expanse of unbroken woodlands east of the Mississippi intact." ...

  • Letter: Public agrees with Beem on park

    Kudos to Edgar Allen Beem for his endorsement of a Maine Woods National Park. The only arguable inaccuracy was the statement that a new national park is unpopular among Mainers. Last November Portland-based Critical Insights, an independent public opinion firm, conducted a statewide survey...

  • Letter: Seek proper disposal of meds

    Maine is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers involved both in keeping unused medications in our medicine cabinets and in flushing them or putting them in the trash. What to do? Call your legislators and ask them to adopt LD 821, "An Act to Support Collection and Proper Disposal of U...

  • The Universal Notebook: It's time for a Maine Woods National Park

    Daughter Nora tells people she lives in Narnia, C.S. Lewis’s fantasy-land where the White Witch decreed that it always be winter, though never Christmas. Actually, she lives in the White Mountains, where she and her fiance work for conservation groups. Our whole family was up ... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: Make us part of your Sunday-morning routine

    The late President Lyndon B. Johnson once said "the fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character." Johnson's comment – from an era when newspapers were still the primary source of news and information – probably offered more insight into hi...

  • Forecaster Forum: To 'know your farmer' is to live better

    I saw a new bumper sticker on a car at the Falmouth Shopping Center today. It said, “Know your farmer.” And for the first time, I can say I do. Kathy supplies me with potatoes and cabbage and mini McIntosh apples. No longer is she just the bundled-up body under the “Valle...

  • Letter: Falmouth squeezes property owners

    My wife and I have been concerned for some time over the perceived encroachment of the Falmouth conservationists on the private land owners of this town. This concern was increased when we tuned in to a rebroadcast of the Jan. 25 Town Council meeting and heard a young man presenting a prop...