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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: Cumberland road work is necessary

    I am writing in support of Cumberland’s Route 88 improvement project, which was recently unanimously approved by the Town Council. We have lived off of Route 88 for 30 years, and I walk recreationally on the road several times a week. This project is a matter of safety for those who walk,...

  • Letter: It's wrong to write off libraries

    Edgar Allen Beem wrote in his column about the demise of books, reading and libraries. Certainly libraries and the ways people access books and information are changing, but we are far from the last throes of a dying civilization. Although Beem spoke as a former librarian, he actually hasn’... 1

  • Letter: Newman ignores India's caste problem

    Perry B. Newman's gushing column on India's education system leaves out a few important points. India's exceptional performance over the past two decades is amazing and can largely be attributed to the strength of India's traditional family values. The divorce rate is less than 2 percent and educ...

  • Forecaster Forum: At times like this, you really need an unfriend

    My mother repeatedly tells me Facebook is evil, and I'm starting to believe her. I am referring to Facebook, a “social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” I defended my Facebook use by declaring the site keeps me “co...

  • Universal Notebook: Open and affirming in 2010

    On the first Sunday of Advent, I was typecast as a skeptic in a little church skit about watching and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. One of my lines, condemning the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, was “That’s not a religious celebration. It’s rampant consumerism. ...

  • Short Relief: From Cortina to Congress Street

    Several years ago, I was lucky enough to go skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina is a town in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy near the Austria border. In addition to the beautiful natural and man-made scenery, the warmth of the Italian people and the good food, one of the things ...

  • The Universal Notebook: The old ways are rapidly fading

    The velocity of change these days is breathtaking and, for an old media guy entering his seventh decade, rather frightening. My New Year’s resolution for 2010, therefore, is to do everything I can to slow down and resist change. Each week as I carry an armload of old newspapers out t... 1

  • Global Matters: Maine's India achievement test

    Back in 2007 I wrote in these pages that India, bolstered by a booming economy and a relentless drive to succeed, would no longer be the butt of jokes caricaturing telemarketers selling things to Americans at suppertime. I suggested that Mainers ought to pay close attention to the voice on the ot...