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  • The Universal Notebook: We are all illegal immigrants

    So President Barack Obama has finally decided to bypass Congress and enact sweeping immigration reforms himself. It's about time. House Republicans long ago forfeited the right to be considered anything other than obstructionist ideologues. They care more about winning than they do about s...

  • The Right View: Teach your children what it means to be an American

    On the occasion of America’s 238th birthday, I find myself wondering about our current state of affairs, and how we got here. I think I may have an idea. To the parents and grandparents out there, I ask this: Sit down with your children or grandchildren, and quiz them on the Constitu...

  • Letter: Thanks from South Portland Food Cupboard

    The spirit of giving was alive and well in the South Portland area this year. Our food cupboard was overwhelmed with the response of the food drives performed by elementary schools, church youth groups, scouts and local businesses. Hannaford Bros. kept us supplied with their "Fund A Feast" boxes ...

  • Letter: Cumberland road work is necessary

    I am writing in support of Cumberland’s Route 88 improvement project, which was recently unanimously approved by the Town Council. We have lived off of Route 88 for 30 years, and I walk recreationally on the road several times a week. This project is a matter of safety for those who walk,...

  • Letter: It's wrong to write off libraries

    Edgar Allen Beem wrote in his column about the demise of books, reading and libraries. Certainly libraries and the ways people access books and information are changing, but we are far from the last throes of a dying civilization. Although Beem spoke as a former librarian, he actually hasn’... 1

  • Letter: Newman ignores India's caste problem

    Perry B. Newman's gushing column on India's education system leaves out a few important points. India's exceptional performance over the past two decades is amazing and can largely be attributed to the strength of India's traditional family values. The divorce rate is less than 2 percent and educ...

  • Forecaster Forum: At times like this, you really need an unfriend

    My mother repeatedly tells me Facebook is evil, and I'm starting to believe her. I am referring to Facebook, a “social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” I defended my Facebook use by declaring the site keeps me “co...

  • Universal Notebook: Open and affirming in 2010

    On the first Sunday of Advent, I was typecast as a skeptic in a little church skit about watching and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. One of my lines, condemning the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, was “That’s not a religious celebration. It’s rampant consumerism. ...

  • Short Relief: From Cortina to Congress Street

    Several years ago, I was lucky enough to go skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina is a town in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy near the Austria border. In addition to the beautiful natural and man-made scenery, the warmth of the Italian people and the good food, one of the things ...

  • The Universal Notebook: The old ways are rapidly fading

    The velocity of change these days is breathtaking and, for an old media guy entering his seventh decade, rather frightening. My New Year’s resolution for 2010, therefore, is to do everything I can to slow down and resist change. Each week as I carry an armload of old newspapers out t... 1