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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Forecaster Forum: 'It is time for serious adults in Congress'

    Our country faces a great decision. We can continue the wild, deficit spending until the wheels come off the economy and we plunge into fiscal chaos, or we can take the necessary steps to rein in spending and save our country from financial disaster. Voters hold that decision in their hand... 24

  • Forecaster Forum: 'While there is much still to do, we have made some progress'

    When I became a member of Congress a little over two years ago, our country faced some massive challenges: the worst economic recession in our lifetime, a federal budget that had gone from surplus to historic deficit in the previous eight years, two wars and soaring health-care costs. It has bee...

  • Letter: Scarborough council needs new blood

    I urge the voters to bring more new faces to the Scarborough Town Council. I’m a strong advocate of recycling – except when we’re talking about town councilors. Consequently, Kerry Corthell and Iver Carlsen are going to receive my votes. If you want a more transparent tow...

  • Letter: Thomas in Senate District 10

    It’s well known that Maine is in the highest tier for tax burden, and the lowest tier for business friendliness. Clearly, we face an unsustainable future. This is the consequence of the stifling policies and over-regulation of a Democrat majority that has ruled the state for 35 year...

  • Letter: Horch for Brunswick state rep

    I am writing in support of Fred Horch for state representative. Fred is a friend, and I sincerely respect him and his wonderful family. But that is not why I will be voting for him. Rather, I will be voting for Fred because he truly is the best choice to represent Brunswick. When I first...

  • Letter: Send Richard to Augusta

    The state of Maine is drowning in debt. Year after year the Maine legislature spends money it doesn’t have. It increases your debt. Your state Legislature avoids hard, honest budget decisions. Unfunded Actuarial Liability, meaning they do not have the money, for your Maine State Retirement...

  • Letter: Falmouth protocol seeks 'clarity'

    We are writing to clarify the town of Falmouth’s recently developed protocol to assist residents seeking access to public records under the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA). Falmouth officials have been inundated with requests for public records and a system was needed to guarantee effic...

  • Letter: Graham for the Legislature

    These days we are urged to “buy local” as much as we can. In general I agree with that and do whatever I can to support local businesses. However, in November I will not be selecting the local option when it comes to the race for state representative. In that race, Gray residen...