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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • 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 ...