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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...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer funding questioned

    Before Falmouth residents fill out their surveys regarding the use of their tax money, I hope I can share another side of the Falmouth Flyer with you. I live on Route 1, and the bus goes by my house 24 times a day, six days per week. When I see the bus, it is usually empty or nearly so, but that...

  • Letter: More tax, less revenue

    Regarding Chalmers Hardenbergh’s letter, “Let’s tax Les Otten," I caution him to consider the consequences of higher taxes in other states: People and businesses leave. From The Wall Street Journal, “Soak the Rich, Loose the Rich” (Arthur Laffer, May 18, 2009), f...

  • Letter: Gratitude from Yarmouth school nurses

    A sincere thank you from the Yarmouth school nurses to the many volunteers who helped us make our H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine clinics so successful. From the nurses who gave the shots, to the crowd-control experts, right down to the cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers who checked students in a...

  • Letter: Protect Falmouth property rights

    Why do some Falmouth town councilors want more land restrictions exceeding even state requirements – at what cost to property owners and taxpayers for enforcement – while we are already burdened with high taxes? If we don't stop some runaway councilors with their own agendas, F...

  • Letter: Thanks from The Salvation Army

    I would like to express enormous gratitude to your readers for their support of The Salvation Army's 2009 Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. This year the greater Portland community generously increased their support of the Christmas Kettle Campaign. Not only was our goal met, but it was ex...

  • Letter: Success of RSU 1 swim program

    Thank you for reporting on the great success RSU 1 has had in assuring that its goal of providing free swim lessons to all third- and fourth-graders can become a reality. As noted in the story in your Jan. 22 edition, the RSU 1 committee appointed by Superintendent William Shuttleworth has...

  • The Universal Notebook: The age of phony jeans and T-shirts

    When I was in high school in the 1960s we were not allowed to wear blue jeans to school. I distinctly remember thinking that when I grew up I was going to wear nothing but. Now I rarely wear jeans at all. I have two new pair in a bottom drawer, but I have never worn them. I just keep a cou...

  • Global Matters: A field guide to the governor's race

    Maine’s economy is in rough shape, and we face challenging issues in the coming months and years. Gov. John Baldacci is nearing the end of his second term. Many – and I mean many – candidates are lining up for the privilege of succeeding him. Given that Maine’s econ... 1