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  • The Universal Notebook: Season's greetings and other political corrections

    Season’s Greetings, dear readers in Forecasterland, (& various others appended by ampersand). We wish holiday cheer and a glorious year end To citizens public & private, old foe & good friend. Bonne Année, Messrs. LePage et Michaud, (Whi...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Is Maine really the greatest place?

    Is Maine the greatest state in the country? Is America the greatest country? In its debut episode a few years ago, the television show "The Newsroom," written by Aaron Sorkin, featured an opening scene where a fictional cable TV news anchor played by Jeff Daniels is asked by a college stud...

  • Letter: Lovely lawn isn't worth the price

    Gardening season is here and we are faced with the question of whether to use lawn chemicals. As a former environmental chemist, I have a heightened understanding of toxins and would like to disclose insight into the hazards of pesticides and herbicides. The most alarming issue is mislea...

  • Letter: Support the SAD 51 budget

    If you’re still on the fence about the School Administrative District 51 budget, I’d like to urge you to vote yes and get behind a long-range plan of sustainability. Hold the line: June 8 will be the fourth vote to authorize the district to expend the same dollar amount. This ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Welcome to the Grand Old (Tea) Party

    So where were the responsible adults when the Tea Party yahoos of the Knox County delegation to the Republican state convention were on their search-and-destroy mission at King Middle School in Portland? Their McCarthy-esque hunt led them to rummage through a teacher’s supplies, stea... 6

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Plans underway to improve elementary school buildings

    I was shocked to see the condition of most of Portland’s public elementary school buildings when I arrived last March as the district’s superintendent-elect. I recognize that strong teacher-student relationships are far more important than facilities. However, the building def...

  • Letter: Yes on Question 1

    The TV ads have started. Maine voters are asked to vote no on a plan to raise income taxes in a bad economy. These messages do not tell the whole story. The new law which was passed on June 12, 2009,would add new sales taxes on such services as car repairs, boat moorings and movie tickets....

  • Letter: Vote for debt reduction

    The discussions during the Democratic gubernatorial debates were distressing to say the least, and illustrate how out of touch our elected officials truly are. Libby Mitchell's comments about "investing" in a bond measure and Steve Rowe's statement that the "complexities of the economic problems ...

  • Letter: Fight cancer at Brunswick Relay for Life

    Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are ...

  • Letter: Miller for Falmouth School Board

    I am writing to express my support for Marna Miller as a member of the Falmouth School Board. Marna was one of the first people I met when I moved to Falmouth three years ago when she was the leader of the Falmouth Family Network. Marna is caring and friendly, someone who works hard to im...