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  • Letter: Hoffer is the source for high school sports

    As the parent of a high school athlete, I always look forward to Michael Hoffer's wonderful coverage of games. His detailed observation of the contest is always put into the context of the teams' histories and futures. His enthusiasm for high school sports infuses everything he writes, and he alw...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: It's Stevoe versus the status quo

    Let me begin this new column with a proper introduction; my name is Stevoe and I’m an unreasonable man through and through. This self-designation is borrowed from George Bernard Shaw and his maxim, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists i...

  • Probing Politics: MEMIC & Dirigo: Lessons for the nation from Maine

    This may seem presumptuous, but I believe Maine offers the nation some stark lessons when it comes to insurance reform. In 1991, Maine's workers' compensation insurance market had all but collapsed. Many employers ignored workplace safety while plaintiffs' lawyers and unions were allowe...

  • Letter: SMCC students 'thrilled' to tell their stories

    I would like to thank Randy Billings for his outstanding reporting last week on my immigrant, refugee and international students at Southern Maine Community College. These young men and women are amazing, and they were thrilled to have a chance to tell their stories to a reporter. The article ...

  • Letter: Rowe for governor

    I recently received an invitation to become one of 1,000 women "Rowing for Steve." As much as I love to be on the water, this has nothing to do with boating. This has to do with joining a team supporting Steve Rowe's run for governor. The first time I heard Steve Rowe speak he was our at...

  • Letter: Right to know is ignored all over

    I read the Editor's Notebook column about public officials in Topsham and South Portland snubbing the public's right to know. I have no doubt that it's true and what's even scarier is that it is happening all across the United States at all levels of government. I contacted the president of the Main...

  • Letter: Age works for, not against, equal rights

    I take issue with two of Halsey Frank's assertions ("Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing"). The first is his opinion that given Maine's median age of 40.7 years it is likely that the repeal of the right of same-sex couples to marry was based, in part, on...

  • Letter: RSU 1 stance disappoints Bath teacher

    I am a proud Morse High School Shipbuilder and a proud member of a great teachers union in RSU 1. Morse High School is an institution rich in tradition. RSU 1 is a district rich in a tradition of treating teachers fairly and decently. Yes, we've had disagreements with school boards in the past, but...

  • Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing

    I spent much of the last Election Day as I often do, working the East End School polling place on Munjoy Hill in Portland. For an off-year election, it was an unusually busy day there, as elsewhere around the state. About 1,600 people voted in person. As in past elections, a significant number of...

  • The Universal Notebook: Access for all is everybody's business

    On the rainy evening of Oct. 30, Margie Cooper, a senior art history major at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, had reservations at an upscale Portland restaurant. It was Parents Weekend and Cooper planned to dine out with her parents. She made the 8 p.m. reservation a month before, but wh... 2