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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Letter: Cast-off carrier not right for Portland Harbor

    Stephen M. Woods' column regarding the Portland City Council’s rejection of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy reminded me of historic maritime projects that I have worked on....

  • Letter: Energy Alliance story a 'cartoon'

    The performance of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, and its effectiveness or ineffectiveness in helping Maine people winterize their homes, are topics worthy of scrutiny. The group’s track record is fair game for even the harshest objective analysis. I don’t feel the same way a...

  • The Universal Notebook: The last smoker on Earth

    One morning about two weeks ago, I woke up and decided to see how long I could go without smoking. I didn’t have any plans to quit. I hadn’t made a resolution, hadn’t set a date, no drugs, no patches, no crutches. I just thought I’d see if I could make it a couple of hours... 6

  • Short Relief: Escape from New York

    Contrary to advice, I drove into New York City the evening of Sunday, Dec. 26. I couldn’t help it. We had seven tickets to "Phantom of the Opera" at the Majestic Theater and they weren’t cheap. Given the prediction of snow, we decided to head into the city early so as to have...

  • Global Matters: Maine's economic answer isn't in the rear-view mirror

    As the global economy slowly recovers from financial meltdowns of the past several years, it’s becoming clear that certain conditions, once thought to be temporary, have become the new normal, and certain trends will continue, giving rise to a new economic landscape. Gasoline prices ...

  • Letter: Garden proposal suits South Portland

    Once again South Portland is in the position to expand it’s reputation as a place one wants to live in because of it’s many unique assets. I’m referring to the efforts of a new organization known as the Community Garden Collective to develop neighborhood community garden sites ...

  • Letter: South Portland should back garden at Hamlin

    I strongly support the community garden that would be located on the grounds of the former Hamlin School. When we moved to South Portland last year, my first project was to make room for a front-yard vegetable garden. Our neighbors were first curious, then intrigued, and ultimately excited by t...

  • Letter: Liberal backlash threatens gun owners

    I am constantly amazed at the liberal view of gun ownership and our Second Amendment Rights. (See last week's letter by a North Yarmouth liberal.) A “crazed lone gunman” – most are found after the fact to have given off many clues as to their mental instability &ndas... 1