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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Forecaster Forum: Show up, have a voice, use your vote

    School budgets, town budgets and regulations, tax reform and bond issues, candidates for governor: What do they have to do with you and your neighbor? Everything. Do you want to have children who are educated to succeed in the 21st century? Do you worry that you will have a hard time payin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Fear of children

    Having come of age during the youth movement of the 1960s, I keep wondering when the Children’s Crusade is finally going to occur. When will minors achieve their independence and Constitutional rights? Probably no time soon, as fewer young people these days seem aware that they are a...

  • Letter: Falmouth didn't elect Doyle

    I have followed the story of Michael Doyle’s campaign against Falmouth Councilors Cathy Breen and Bonny Rodden for several months. He became interesting when he boasted of his “considerable skill set and intellect” that would focus on Ms. Rodden’s failings as a councilor.... 6

  • Letter: Remember the environment on Election Day

    With voting day right around the corner, citizens are reviewing each candidate’s stand on numerous issues.  Jobs and the economy are rightly on everyone’s minds, but it’s also important to remember that Maine’s economy relies to a large degree on a healthy natural env...

  • Letter: Yes on fees at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth

    No one in Cape Elizabeth is happy about the prospect of charging a parking fee to the visitors of our beautiful park. Yet, it has become very apparent that something must be done. The park’s annual expenses now total $250,000, an expense borne exclusively by the residents through property...

  • Letter: South Portland councilor backs Mitchell

    As a city councilor and former mayor in South Portland, I am looking for a governor who knows how to get things done in state government, and who understands the impacts policies in Augusta have on local communities. That's why I am supporting Libby Mitchell in the June 8 Democratic Primary. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Can you hear me now?

    The jury may still be out on whether cell phones cause brain cancer, but I can tell you from experience that cell phone bills can drive you crazy. I mean, what should a family cell phone plan cost a month? Maybe $200? A little more, a little less. Try $863.55. That’s right. Th...

  • Letter: Don't complain if you don't vote

    Did you know there was a Scarborough referendum on May 11? Several of my neighbors asked me this question. I voted, after calling Town Hall to find out when it would be. My neighbors and I do not have children in the school system so we never find out about anything to do with the schools directl...