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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...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Turning crisis into opportunity

    Portland has the only school system in Maine with four high schools: Portland High School, Deering High School, Casco Bay High School and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). Over the years, each school has developed its own schedule.  As a result, the schools differ in the leng...

  • Editor's Notebook: When they made Frank Coffin, they broke the mold

    There's a hole in the heart of Maine that isn't likely to heal for a long time, left by the death Dec. 7 of Frank M. Coffin. Much has been said and written in the last week about Judge Coffin's professional accomplishments – his achievements as a lawyer, politician and diplomat, and ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Get government out of the defense business

    According to a November Rasmussen Reports poll, 71 percent of Americans are to some degree angry with Washington. We know why conservatives are angry. They nearly destroyed the country and now, powerless and marginalized, they refuse to help fix it, preferring to sit on the sidelines cheering for... 5

  • Editorial: There's a party goin' on in South Portland (but you're not invited)

    South Portland's new mayor, Thomas Coward, threw a party last weekend to celebrate his inauguration. He invited his friends and supporters, and other city councilors. But he didn't invite the press, and that was wrong. Here is part of the press release Coward distributed on Dec. 10 ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Burning questions about the bare necessities

    If folks in China and India and, heaven forbid, equatorial Africa, ever manage to achieve the American standard of living, the level of global pollution and depleted natural resources will be such that we all may have to don survival suits to enjoy the comforts of home. I foresee se...

  • Probing Politics: MEMIC & Dirigo: Lessons for the nation from Maine

    This may seem presumptuous, but I believe Maine offers the nation some stark lessons when it comes to insurance reform. In 1991, Maine's workers' compensation insurance market had all but collapsed. Many employers ignored workplace safety while plaintiffs' lawyers and unions were allowe...

  • Letter: SMCC students 'thrilled' to tell their stories

    I would like to thank Randy Billings for his outstanding reporting last week on my immigrant, refugee and international students at Southern Maine Community College. These young men and women are amazing, and they were thrilled to have a chance to tell their stories to a reporter. The article ...

  • Letter: Rowe for governor

    I recently received an invitation to become one of 1,000 women "Rowing for Steve." As much as I love to be on the water, this has nothing to do with boating. This has to do with joining a team supporting Steve Rowe's run for governor. The first time I heard Steve Rowe speak he was our at...