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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...

  • Letter: Portland students need common sense, not speed bumps

    There are two reasons Portland city officials are rejecting Portland High School Principal Michael Johnson's request for "yellow flashing lights and speed bumps" in front of PHS. First, the city does not have $50,000 for the lights. Second, speed humps are specifically forbidden on roads ...

  • Letter: Seeing the light at Portland Head

    Now that we have all the recent political babble out of the way, we can get down to more serious concerns. We all should be aware that one of the oldest and most revered lighthouses on the Atlantic coast is not the Portland Headlight, but the Portland Head Light. Note the space between "Head&q...

  • Letter: South Portland council victor says thanks

    I would like to thank the citizens of South Portland for having the faith and trust to elect me to the City Council. My goal is to be a clear, constant and consistent voice of the people, and I encourage residents to contact me with their view on the issues. We continue to face challenging times; ho...

  • The Universal Notebook: Military deserves support, clear objectives

    My Uncle Gordon was buried last month with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A retired Air Force major, Uncle Gordie spent 25 years in the military. His passing somehow adds greater meaning for me to Veterans Day this year. 2

  • Probing Politics: Campaigns played our children as pawns

    As expected, last week's vote was not a Maine election, but rather a battleground for national organizations with lots of money and muscle. In the absence of exit polls or post-election surveys, we're left to speculate about the results of the two headliner issues by following the money and d...

  • Letter: Gay rights are inevitable

    To those who voted against equal rights for our gay neighbors: Those who seek to deny human and civil rights to individuals consistently come out on the wrong side of history. One has only to look at the past century to see the overwhelming evidence, as our female and black citizens fought for ... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Bad beards of baseball

    As I write this, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied one game apiece in the 2009 World Series. Fewer folks on the West Coast probably care about the outcome (which we will know by the time this column is in print) than care about the outcome of Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot...

  • Short Relief: A few good men, good laws and good will

    William S. Cohen is a white guy from Bangor. In high school he was known as "Bangor Billy" because of his sharpshooting ability on the basketball court. He went to Bowdoin College, where he received degrees in Latin and Greek and learned to write poetry, and then to Bosto... 2