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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Abby's Road: Sunscreen has long-term benefits, short-term pitfalls

    Trying to apply sunscreen to a child is like trying to pick up a greased watermelon that moves like a slinky and protests like a march on Washington. I have had seven years to hone my technique. I always feel as if it is my first time introducing SPF to someone who cannot spell SPF. Experi...

  • Short Relief: Assistance for asylum-seekers is a balancing act

    The 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees and 1967 Protocol articulated standards, procedures, rights and benefits for the protection of persons fleeing persecution. Since then, about 150 countries have joined the convention. They have been trying to harmonize and align their laws, st...

  • Letter: No excuses for LePage's pattern of abuse

    It can be said the governor of Maine is approaching a breakdown. In a terribly short span of time, he would have a cartoonist shot, have Lewiston lawmakers rounded-up and executed in the public square, has exercised abuse of power threatening a cut-off of state funds to a private charter school i...

  • Letter: Protecting asylum-seekers is a cost worth bearing

    Asylum is a prescription to heal from and prevent government persecution, including genocide, that Maine Republican legislators now resent as a “budgeting problem.” To be granted asylum in this country, asylum-seekers must provide observed medical and psychological evidence of wounds ...

  • Letter: Falmouth candidate laments 'special interests'

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me in my run for a Falmouth Town Council seat. It is a shame that partisan politics and special interest play such a vital role when it comes to electing a a person to the Town Council. I strongly feel this practice dis...

  • Forecaster Forum: A Saltie's reflection on the demise of Salt

    The first documentary project I completed at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland was a collaborative radio piece. I wrote and narrated a story about a

  • The Universal Notebook: Trans-Pacific Partnership is terrible public policy

    The far right sees President Obama as a socialist radical, but from where I sit out here in left field, he looks more and more like a Chamber of Commerce capitalist. Heck, Obama is one of the best friends Corporate America has ever had in the White House. He saved the auto industry, bailed...

  • The Right View: Legislature's budget affair is nothing to cheer

    If you missed the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike on June 18, you missed some of the best local radio ever. Co-host Ken Altshuler gave Maine Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland, a verbal smack-down over the secretive budget meetings in Augusta, the likes of which I’d...