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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Leave discipline to Yarmouth parents

    I agree with Michael Waxman’s column on Yarmouth’s Athletic Code on one account: our athletes (our children) should not have to sign a code. It is the parents’ responsibility to teach our kids right from wrong and to discipline. It is the schools’ responsibility to teach...

  • Letter: Falmouth ignores prudent path

    Does the typical Falmouth property owner retrofit their old home for ancillary use when moving into a new home? No, they sell it and use the proceeds as a down payment. How about leaving well enough alone and using proceeds from the sale of old schools/town property to retire the debt for the ne...

  • Letter: A 'big green thanks' from Falmouth kids

    The Green Team at Plummer-Motz School would like to thank you for voting for our video. Regardless of whether we win the America’s Greenest School contest or not, we already consider ourselves winners because of your support. We felt special knowing that you were on our side. Our community ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Across the great divide

    I drove to the Portland Expo last week, not to see President Obama, but to observe the crowd gathered outside. I’d say the pro-Obama folks outnumbered the anti-Obama demonstrators by better than 3-1, but I was impressed that everyone seemed to get along politely. The one confrontatio... 3

  • Short Relief: Things get out of control when juries disregard the law

    I was a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1990s. Washington was known as the murder capital of the country at the time. Violence was rampant. In parts of the city, law-abiding citizens cowered in their homes, afraid to go outside for fear of catching a bullet. At times, law en... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Public servants or public masters?

    Time was when taking a job with the government was seen as a bit of a sacrifice, and hence the term "public service" seemed appropriate. Those working in government were giving up financial reward while they provided services to the public. When I graduated from college with a degree in e...

  • Forecaster Forum: Criticism of Yarmouth Honor Code is off target

    Last week, Michael Waxman made several assertions about the appropriate role of schools in student’s lives and Yarmouth’s Extracurricular Honor Code. His central point – that schools are not parents and should not be the primary source of discipline for our children – was ...

  • Letter: The message students send

    Michael Waxman’s letter last week seems to imply that our schools should only focus on getting our students into good schools and not worrying about their moral and civic development. I find this a complete antithesis of how I view education. In the classroom, while reading "The Gre...