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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: Republican priorities in question

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly stated that his top priority is to make Barack Obama a one-term president. This is a stunning statement from a supposed public servant, and we can only hope that, despite his public pronouncements, he will begin reordering his priorities to dea...

  • Letter: Bliss appreciates support

    I write to thank all the voters in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough for your willingness to participate in the election last week. These elections are the very foundation of our representative democracy, and it is important to take the time to vote for those who will make decisions ...

  • Letter: Falmouth government is bloated

    Falmouth does not need a larger Town Office; we need fewer people in it. Planning Department salaries are $250,000 a year, not including benefits. In the last five years the department has gone from one planner and one assistant to four planners and one assistant, far more than any other t...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s hear it for the loud-mouthed jerk

    Welcome to the annual meeting of the Loud-Mouthed Jerks Organization. I am Ed Beem, president for life of the Southern Maine Chapter of LoMoJo. At the request of a prospective member, I have been asked to review the qualifications for and benefits of membership. As you know, LMJs have beco...

  • Short Relief: Recovery begins with ...

    One of the benefits of growing up in Manhattan was the chance to watch the construction of a skyscraper. Walking around town you would come across a block that had been walled off with plywood. A boy could spend hours staring through the windows that the construction crews cut in those walls, w...

  • No Sugar Added: Zero degrees of separation

    Most of us are familiar with the concept known as “six degrees of separation.” It’s the idea that all humans are within six steps of connectivity. That whole friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend thing. If you live in the great (sparsely populated) state of Maine, you know tha...

  • Letter: Smart meters require informed discussion

    My Town Council colleagues and I unanimously passed a resolution asking CMP to refrain from installing “smart meters” and related equipment for a minimum of 90 days, and to participate in several public forums here in Scarborough. I want to be clear; this action does not mean t... 2

  • Letter: 'Service above Self'

    At the close of the Market Place portion of the Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, several members of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club assisted the South Portland Food Cupboard in collecting the excess food items donated by the various food vendors. This was the second year in a ro...