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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Students react to playground vandals

    Recently our school tether ball games at Mast Landing School were vandalized. One pole was snapped, one ball was punctured, and another ball was thrown into our school pond. Past fifth-graders who are currently in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades bought the two tether ball sets. These students p...

  • Letter: Speed tables needed in Cape Elizabeth?

    In a bizarre and almost incomprehensible accident, a 24-year-old man, driving with a suspended license, took a right turn off Sawyer Road into our driveway, then veered to the right, speeding across our front lawn and crashing his vehicle into our house. My wife and I were shocked to lear...

  • Letter: The goal should be consensus

    Edgar Allen Beem once more regales us with his divisive thoughts on the tea party and the “Evil Empire” of the Republican Party. I have a suggestion: perhaps we can all start having intelligent, meaningful discussions to solve the current economic mess. Most of the anger by the tea ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Critics risk stifling student voice, dissuading future leaders

    In recent times, the issues of voice and declining civility have come to the forefront of American politics. In Falmouth, unfortunately, it's no different. We need rational debate more than spiteful argument as we look towards our future. With that in mind, one of the central components of... 1

  • Global Matters: What I learned from the election

    Election Day has come and gone and, for those of us whose candidates did not prevail, we can either lick our wounds or look toward the future with optimism. Losing an election produces an acute pain that in time subsides into a dull ache. It hurts, but you learn to cope. You live to fight ...

  • The Universal Notebook: NIMBY, the way life should be

    Economic development officials, chamber-of-commerce types and conservative politicians are forever complaining about Maine’s anti-business climate. Does it ever occur to them that Maine makes development difficult through land use regulations, zoning ordinances and environmental impa... 3

  • Letter: Volk thanks constituents, campaign workers

    Becoming the Representative-elect of Scarborough's District 127 was an honor. When the final results were in and it was clear that Republicans had taken majorities in  the State House and Senate, as well as the governorship, I realized just how historic our achievement was. Maine voters have...

  • The Universal Notebook: Mainers immune to hardcore tea party hysteria

    Let’s recap, shall we? Eight years of Neo-Con Republican leadership in Washington created a huge national deficit, embroiled the U.S. in two endless wars, and enabled credit and investment excesses that nearly destroyed the world economy. In 2008, therefore, Americans elected the pro... 4