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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...

  • Letter: Food pantry values Falmouth's support

    In this time of festive holiday celebrations, the managers and clients of the Falmouth Food Pantry want to express our gratitude to the many members of the community who have generously supported this organization. There are currently over 40 hard-working, dedicated volunteers now committed to t...

  • Letter: Nurses thank Falmouth community

    The Falmouth school nurses would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who contributed to Falmouth’s public health by assisting at our three successful flu clinics. We vaccinated over 1,000 students against the seasonal flu and over 1,400 students against H1N1. It was a true community ef...

  • 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...