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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Ignored in South Portland, Scarborough

    I don't have much knowledge of politics, but have read much lately. In South Portland the public has been upset about firings, rehirings, stipend, health insurance and the little trick pulled on the Willard Beach snack bar. In Scarborough, it was a land swap. In both towns, the peop...

  • Letter: Life after Kennedy

    Agree or disagree with him, we lost a great one on Aug. 25. I was born in 1942, and it struck me that for every year, every month, every week, every day and every hour of my life, there has been a live, breathing, functioning, Ted Kennedy. For the first time on Aug. 25, there was not. I...

  • Letter: Scarborough council's arrogance

    It's long been realized that unhealthy ego leads to arrogance and arrogance can lead to abuse and abuse can create superheated ego. And so the cycle goes. Scarborough residents, who are watching, have just witnessed a classic example of that circular scenario with the abuse of power demonstrat...

  • Letter: South Portland decision unhealthy

    It was with great frustration that I listened to the City Council's decision to not allow citizens to determine the level of compensation for the council and to continue the coverage of health insurance. First, there is a huge inequity that exists on the council at present. Some councilors receive a...

  • Letter: Scarborough council erred

    On Aug. 19, Scarborough residents pleaded one more time with the Town Council to reconsider the unfair and unequal land swap of Depot Street with the Lighthouse Motel owners.   Once again residents left the meeting in a state of disbelief that the Town Council would not change...

  • The Universal Notebook: On the road to recovery

    Our all-American addiction to the automobile (an affliction from which I suffer shamefully, by the way) has led Maine to spend some $131 million of its stimulus money from the American Recovery and  Reinvestment Act on road and bridge projects. We seem determined to drive our way back to econo...

  • Letter: No need for Falmouth consultant

    I respectfully question why the Falmouth School Board finds it necessary to line another consultant's pockets with our money and then embark on a long and costly search process for a new School Superintendent. Doesn't our School Department have a succession program where each level of supervision is...

  • Global Matters: Health care rhetoric is enough to make you sick

    It's difficult to imagine a more disheartening display of public discourse than that which has surrounded the recent debate over health care in this country. From the confrontational smack-down between an angry constituent and Sen. Arlen Spector, D-Pa., to the pistol-packing zealot outs... 4