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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • The Universal Notebook: Socialism and the Pledge of Allegiance

    South Portland High School students Lily SanGiovanni, Morrigan Turner and Gaby Ferrell are to be congratulated for their efforts to defend American freedom. The students have drawn criticism in some quarters for asking that students be informed that they should only recite the Pledge of Allegianc...

  • The Right View: Welfare fraud is a fact Maine can't ignore

    One of my father’s favorite sayings was “don’t let me confuse you with the facts.” For all of the emoting, victim parading, and LePage bashing that is currently going on regarding the governor’s attempts at combating welfare fraud in Portland and beyond, all o...

  • Policy Wonk: Reducing Maine income taxes will not create jobs

    Our smiling governor, with his smart Moxie tie and glib argument that income tax cuts will return more money to a town than is lost by ending revenue sharing, cannot mask the truth. Revenue sharing holds the line on municipal property tax increases: Everybody in a town benefits. Income tax...

  • Short Relief: Everybody, including the governor, ought to have a legal aide

    On Feb. 26, attorneys for the governor and attorney general squared off in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court over the issue of the attorney general’s ability to control the governor’s legal representation in two politically charged cases. One case is about the governor’s a...

  • Letter: Rationale lacking for Cape Elizabeth school chief's extension

    I was surprised and confused by the Cape Elizabeth School Board’s recent decision to extend the superintendent’s contract, beyond the remaining 2 1/2 years. The board’s action seemed based on a desire to maintain consistency while implementing the district’s new Strategic ...

  • Letter: Protectionism is reason for Canadian drug ruling

    I disagree with the CanaRx decision, which struck down a Maine law allowing Maine citizens to purchase foreign prescriptions. One of the rationales by opponents of the law was that foreign prescriptions are less safe than U.S. prescriptions. Well, if that were true, what makes it any less safe fo...

  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...