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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: National recognition for Portland schools

    Leading educators are using King Middle School and Casco Bay High School as models for schools throughout the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited King two weeks ago to see how an urban school achieves success. The stars of the show were King teachers, who brought home... 2

  • Letter: Send Bliss back to the Senate

    When things go wrong, we want to blame all our leaders – make a clean sweep and elect new people. But hold on: huge organizations like state government are highly complex and operate best when the people who work within them have learned, by experience, how to make them do so. Candi...

  • Letter: Re-elect Eberle to state House

    As the November election approaches, I would like to thank state Rep. Jane Eberle for her legislative service and urge South Portland and Cape Elizabeth voters to ensure her re-election. Her knowledge of, connection to and genuine fondness for the citizens of our community will be crucial in adv...

  • Letter: Scarborough plan fails lobstermen

    Your report on the Pine Point Pier raises some telling questions: If the co-op and town agreed to a one-year deal in 1991 regarding use of the parking lot, was the ordinance requiring restaurants to "own" (or lease?) 25 spaces in existence then? If it was, obviously the town waived or ignored it....

  • Letter: Advice for BNAS NEX, commissary patrons

    Customers of the Naval Air Station Brunswick Exchange and Commissary have undoubtedly noted some of the changes to each store over the past few months. The NEX, in particular, is getting smaller by the week. I wanted to point out that the changes currently seen are the result of less foot traffic...

  • Letter: Woodbury for state Senate

    We are writing to share our enthusiastic support of Dick Woodbury as an independent for Maine Senate District 11.  As a career economist, Dick has the skills to lead Maine through the economic challenges we currently face toward a more vibrant and sustainable future.  He has the experie...

  • Letter: Falmouth should send Richard to Augusta

    I am writing to join the chorus of Falmouth voters who support Mark Richard's candidacy for a seat in the Maine House. I first got to know Mark from meetings of the Falmouth Republican Town Committee. There he offered thoughtful and insightful input to topics under discussion. He does not rush...

  • Letter: Beem's columns bring clarity

    I have read a couple of negative reader comments about Edgar Allen Beem in recent weeks and have to disagree. After a week of news, which has more spin than my washing machine, I find it refreshing to sit down at lunch on Fridays and to read