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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...

  • Short Relief: Portland suffers leadership short-circuit on Tasers for police

    One of the first things that Portland's new police chief, James Craig, wanted to do when he arrived was to equip his force with Tasers – stun guns that use an electric charge to temporarily disrupt a person's muscle control, typically causing them to collapse.

  • The Universal Notebook: It's not easy being verdant

    Whenever I hear an announcer on public television or radio say that the MacArthur Foundation "is committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world," it occurs to me that we here in Maine couldn't inhabit a much more verdant world. Green is such a dominant color this time o...

  • Forecaster Forum: Learning to be a doctor, speaking a new language

    I lost my words. Regular words like touch, chest, hips and aspirin have been replaced by palpate, mediastinum, innominates and acetylsalicylic acid. My professors warned me that I would look at people differently after studying medicine; that my brain would start differentially... 2

  • Letter: Consider Pine Point alternatives

    This concerns the proposed land swap on Depot Street in Scarborough, also known as the end of the Pine Point Road. The Town Council was asked to consider a plan to swap beachfront property with the Lighthouse Motel on June 17 without a first and second reading or public hearing. To their credit, co...

  • Letter: Pine Point access is 'priceless'

    Pine Point, with its beautiful beach and access to the Scarborough River and Saco Bay, is treasured by people all over Scarborough. Access to the shore is precious and priceless and finite. The town is considering a change in Pine Point which could forever change the nature of an important his...

  • Letter: Pine Point proposal needs study

    Four years ago the Lighthouse Motel owners and the town of Scarborough considered a land exchange which would have moved the motel parking area next to their building and shifted Pine Point Road southerly. This was part of a renovation plan for the motel to convert to five luxury condominiums....

  • Letter: Beem and Bonny Eagle

    In criticizing efforts to control poor behavior at the Bonny Eagle High School graduation, Edgar Allen Beem includes two statements puzzling to me. One is "Thousands of students and parents sign honor codes just to keep school officials happy." In my experience, most parents and stude...

  • Letter: Cumberland parents proud, grateful

    We experienced one of the proudest days our lives when our son Patrick gradated from Greely High School. Patrick was born with Down syndrome. His success is due to the staff members and students who have touched his life in ways small and large. We want to thank you all for your expertise, friend...