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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: 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...

  • Letter: Right to know is ignored all over

    I read the Editor's Notebook column about public officials in Topsham and South Portland snubbing the public's right to know. I have no doubt that it's true and what's even scarier is that it is happening all across the United States at all levels of government. I contacted the president of the Main...

  • Letter: Age works for, not against, equal rights

    I take issue with two of Halsey Frank's assertions ("Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing"). The first is his opinion that given Maine's median age of 40.7 years it is likely that the repeal of the right of same-sex couples to marry was based, in part, on...

  • Letter: RSU 1 stance disappoints Bath teacher

    I am a proud Morse High School Shipbuilder and a proud member of a great teachers union in RSU 1. Morse High School is an institution rich in tradition. RSU 1 is a district rich in a tradition of treating teachers fairly and decently. Yes, we've had disagreements with school boards in the past, but...

  • Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing

    I spent much of the last Election Day as I often do, working the East End School polling place on Munjoy Hill in Portland. For an off-year election, it was an unusually busy day there, as elsewhere around the state. About 1,600 people voted in person. As in past elections, a significant number of...

  • The Universal Notebook: Access for all is everybody's business

    On the rainy evening of Oct. 30, Margie Cooper, a senior art history major at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, had reservations at an upscale Portland restaurant. It was Parents Weekend and Cooper planned to dine out with her parents. She made the 8 p.m. reservation a month before, but wh... 2

  • Editor's Notebook: Topsham, South Portland officials snub the public's right to know

    Twice in the last couple of weeks, The Forecaster has reported on instances in which elected local officials have either seemed ignorant about or, worse, in defiance of Maine's Freedom of Access Act. In Topsham, one selectman had to cite chapter and verse from the right-to-know law in an attempt...