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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Letter: Keep the Kid-Safe Products Act

    I’m proud to live in Maine. Our Legislature and governor have a long history of collaborating toward thoughtful solutions. I don’t understand, therefore, why the governor, a legislator, and the state Chamber of Commerce want to weaken a law that exemplifies what we can achieve when w...

  • The Universal Notebook: Highway robbery on the Maine Turnpike

    So far the one good thing about the Republican conquest of Augusta has been that Maine Turnpike Authority Director Paul Violette has been chased from office after 23 years for failure to adequately explain what he did with $157,000 worth of slush fund gift certificates he purchased in 2005 and 20...

  • No Sugar Added: We're up to our armpits in fruity funny-business

    Spring is upon us, and I am here with some disturbing news: apparently, our nation’s capitol is not the only locale that will soon be awash in the delicious scent of cherry blossoms. Our armpits will be bursting forth in bloom, as well. It’s true. Last weekend, as I str...

  • Letter: LePage outrageous? Yes, thankfully, yes

    We are in an exciting time. And contrary to Edgar Allen Beem's opinion, we are in an outrageously promising time. Gov. Paul LePage is not playing politics. He is making hard, well-thought and brave decisions. These are decisions that career politicians and those of the liberal makeup would...

  • Letter: A reply to Falmouth School Board member

    Contrary to Andrew Kinley's letter, I don’t have disdain for teachers. I respect teachers, I personally like many of our teachers, and unlike most of the Falmouth School Board I am a licensed teacher in Maine for nearly six years. What I have unbridled contempt for are those on various go...

  • Letter: Don't balance Portland school budget on adult ed

    I read Superintendent James C. Morse Sr.’s most recent “Notebook” with disbelief. No doubt this budget cycle is the most challenging in years. As Morse described what his proposed budget will accomplish, he neglected to include what it is likely to destroy: our adult education...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Operation Smile benefit

    The Bath Cosmopolitan Club wants to express its appreciation to community sponsors of the Operation Smile Benefit Concert on March 5 at Morse High School. Huge thanks to Dr. Thomas Anglim, Dr. Vance Horne, Sharon Drake, Michael Baribeau, Now You’re Cooking, Reny’s, Bath Savings, Miosa...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: My toughest assignment

    Crafting a budget for the next school year was the most difficult assignment of my 22-year career. The Portland Public Schools face the loss of more than $6 million in state and federal funds. That forced us to make painful cuts, including a reduction of nearly 81 positions. Voluntary re...