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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • Letter: Reject the excise tax initiative

    Do not be fooled by ballot Question 2, which its promoters want you to think will provide excise tax relief. This initiative is flagrantly unfair and will not benefit most middle-income Maine residents. What it will do is cause chaos in municipal budgets, which will hurt our children, who canno...

  • The Universal Notebook: Wrestling with the referendums

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of government by referendum. I know, I know – power to the people and all that. But there's just something too desperate and Californian about throwing every difficult issue out to public referendum and undermining the work of our elected representatives. That said, I... 2

  • Letter: Elect Christie in Cape Elizabeth

    As residents of Cape Elizabeth, please join us in electing John Christie to the School Board. As parents of two, John knows that the decisions made by our board are an integral part of keeping our school in the top tier for the state. In addition to the beautiful landscape, we can all agree that a...

  • Forecaster Forum: College bill needs second look

    The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think-tank, issued a report last week well-timed to start a debate on government spending. The report, called the "Maine Piglet Book," tabulated around $2 billion in what the MHPC sees as wasteful pork. Yet it's one thing to pick apart l...

  • Short Relief: Blink and there's bound to be another gubernatorial candidate

    Thirteen months to go before the 2010 election and it seems like there are as many people running for governor as will be voting. On the Republican side of the aisle, there are several attractive candidates worth considering already, and there is still time for others to jump into the r...

  • Letter: Questioning South Portland petitions

    I take issue with Gary Crosby's insistence that the 1,000 signatures on the referendum petitions to ban dogs from Willard Beach in South Portland represents 1,000 people supporting the referendum. I was approached several times at the post office to sign the petition. The various women were ev...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about corporate rights

    Corporations are owned by people. Under the First Amendment they have a right to freedom of speech. Edgar Allen Beem seems perfectly happy to ignore the fact that very many Americans, especially those owning corporate stocks, have become so naive and uniformed as to let corporate officers and employ... 1

  • Letter: Defeat the South Portland dog ordinance

    People who don't visit Willard Beach in South Portland might wonder what happens there. Here's a little sketch that shows a typical day at the beach. Picture this: By the jungle gym, a mom watches over two toddlers. Near the water, women walk briskly together. Along the beach, dogs and their ow...