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  • Capitol Notebook: Trying to break Maine’s bottle bill

    A few weeks ago, several middle-school students holding a bottle drive arrived at my doorstep to raise money for their sports team. Fortunately, I had a full bag to give them. Bottle drives, redemption centers, and the bottles that are left out on trash pickup night for folks to take and r...

  • The Universal Notebook: A Portland Museum of Art Biennial beef

    The Portland Museum of Art Biennial has become an important exhibition of new Maine art. This year it will be held from Oct. 8 to Jan. 3, 2016, but it is already generating controversy because of the way the artists were selected. The exhibition is underwritten by a bequest from the estate...

  • Letter: Woodbury for state senator

    Please join me in supporting Dick Woodbury for state Senate. Dick is a thoughtful listener. He has even-keeled judgment. As chairman of the Falmouth School Board, what most impressed me about Dick was how attentively he listened to all sides of the consolidation discussion, made each ...

  • Letter: Unhappy about Cousins curbs

    I read the article about the new curbs on Birchwood Avenue in Yarmouth. It was good to see, but unfortunately it missed mentioning a very important point. With the high curbs there’s an inability to pull over to the side of the road and/or for visitors to park alongside the road, not to me...

  • Letter: Horch will be an energy leader

    I write in response to the Rev. Frank C. Strasburger’s letter on the legislative race in District 66. Strasburger is badly mistaken in saying that Fred Horch seems not to be very much interested in alternative forms of energy. I have conversed with Fred often in the past several year...

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 3

    Over the past two decades Maine voters have overwhelmingly supported Land for Maine’s Future bonds which have helped protect 26 sites in Cumberland and York counties alone. Local projects include trails along the Presumpscot River in Portland, woodlands in Falmouth, two seabird nesting isla...

  • The Universal Notebook: The meat of the matter

    Are you a vegetarian? Neither am I, but we probably should be, both for the good of our bodies and of our souls. In a recent newspaper column entitled “How Will the Future Judge Us?,” Princeton University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah prophesizes that posterity will...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community donates generously for student eyeglasses

    OK, confession time. I felt scared as I prepared to address the Portland Regional Chamber for the first time at last month’s "Eggs & Issues” program. This wasn’t stage fright. I’ve done plenty of public speaking. But I’d never used my position as a scho...

  • Forecaster Forum: Charter Commission gambles with Portland's future

    The Charter Commission is proposing a change in how Portland governs itself, asking citizens to gamble that a full-time elected mayor with a four-year term of office can produce better government than our current arrangement of a city manager reporting to a nine-member City Council. This i...

  • Forecaster Forum: We all share responsibility for the death of Tyler Clementi

    No doubt Tyler Clementi’s college roommate thought it would be hilarious to video record then broadcast the 18-year-old promising violinist, whom he earlier outed, in an intimate gay encounter. No doubt he called it an innocent prank. Not funny. Maybe now, a hate crime. Let us be cl... 2