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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Probing Politics: A New Year's wish-list for better government

    In politics, the year ahead will be remembered as among the most challenging in history. A lingering recession, a nation far deeper in debt and municipalities being asked to pick up costs that state government can no longer afford are forcing politicians to make choices. Here are some wishes for ... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: It takes more than tradition to keep flying high at Christmas

    Lots of grousing this Christmas season: no one is out shopping because the economy is in the tank, people are afraid to use their credit cards the way they once did, unemployment is too high, the Internet is stealing business from regular stores and sales tax revenue from the state, expensive gas...

  • Letter: Amazed by Pine Point process

    I watched in amazement as the Planning Board approved the parking lot plan for the Lighthouse Motel last Monday night. I was convinced that these hard-working volunteers who put in so much time for our town would do the right thing and delay any action until many legal and procedural questions w...

  • Letter: Scarborough deserves apologies

    Many people held out hope the Scarborough Planning Board would really look into the Lighthouse Motel site plan. But they said they could only look at the parking lot plan. Since when does the Planning Board consider development proposals without regard to abutting properties and nearby infrastruc...

  • Letter: Scarborough Planning Board erred

    I am writing about the Scarborough Planning Board’s decision to approve the Lighthouse Motel’s site plan for their expanded parking lot on Depot Street. What is remarkable about this decision is that the board could have easily tabled approval until all questions were answered and the...

  • Letter: The rich get richer

    I know four different people who are in danger of losing their homes. In my previous 54 years of existence, I cannot recall knowing even one person who was in this situation. These are all good people, all with families, all hard-working people who until recently were getting along just fine. Are...

  • Letter: Thanks for Scarborough land bond vote

    On behalf of the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust and its officers, directors and supporters, I would like to thank the citizens of Scarborough for their overwhelming support of the recent Land Bond Referendum, and the mandate for continued land conservation purchases ...

  • Letter: Forward thinking, quick action pay off

    During the Greely High School performance of "Anything Goes," a grandfather of one of the performers on stage collapsed in the audience. Many people quickly came to his aid. Those in the audience comfortable with emergency resuscitation began an assessment and started CPR. With no palpable puls...