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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: Food cupboard says thanks

    Macy's employees have raised food and money for the South Portland Food Cupboard. In late June and early July they raised over $1,000, and Federated Department Stores will match this. What a wonderful surprise for us. These men and women did this all on their own, with no customer involvement. ...

  • Letter: Beem needs a time-out

    In reading Edgar Allen Beem's piece entitled "Glenn Beck, the 'Libertarian Limbaugh,'" it is clear to me that Mr. Beem sees the world through "far-left rose colored glasses." I challenge him and others who believe whatever they read to do at least one of the following: 1) listen... 4

  • The Universal Notebook: My contribution to health-care reform

    With the health-care reform bandwagon rolling to a halt as Congress goes into its August recess, I thought I might take advantage of this breather to offer a few modest reform proposals of my own. 4

  • Letter: Falmouth's priceless Art

    I want to let you know how impressed I was with Peggy Roberts' article about Art Frederiksen in the July 9 edition. A friend and I spent 10 days at the Falmouth American Legion hall learning how to make bamboo fly rods. Our visit was more than just a technical venture due to Art's presence. He ha...

  • Short Relief: How do you spell tax relief? Not LD 1495

    Recently, I heard Rick Snow speak against LD 1495, the Governor's Act to Implement Tax Relief and Tax Reform. Rick is owner of Maine Indoor Karting in Scarborough where you can leave your financial troubles behind by wearing a helmet and jumpsuit and racing high-performance, gas-powered go-cart...

  • Letter: Beem has it wrong

    I'm dismayed at Edgar Allen Beem's poor understanding of our country's founding principals. He thinks we are somehow entitled to "equality and common good," yet derides a waitress for having an opinion. Apparently that waitress doesn't deserve equality, or common good. Whats up...

  • Letter: Limbaugh, Beck and Beem

    I guess that my listening to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as well as Hannity, Ingraham, Savage, Levin, Gallagher, O'Reilly, Dobbs, etc., must also make me a weak-minded right-wing wacko. If that's the case, then I'm proud of it! As a holdover from the hippie generation filled with pseudo-intellectu...

  • Letter: Problems with same-sex marriage

    The apathy of the citizens of Maine before the Legislature's vote on same-sex marriage was apparent. Emotionalism has strained the citizens. They will respond to the grand folly that was passed by the Legislature and the governor. The citizens had a sensible measure of tolerance. Today it is a ...