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  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: "I grow old, I grow old ..."

    From my sunny, smiling, youthful face, I’m sure you find it hard to believe, dear readers, that your host for these weekly sessions of truth-telling, breast-beating, smoke-blowing and story-telling is sixty-six years old. I can hardly believe it myself. I spell out the number because...

  • 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...

  • Capitol Notebook: Term limits: Changing the rules of the game

    John Martin is nothing if not bold. The current state representative from Eagle Lake, whose dictatorial 20-year reign as speaker of the Maine House was ended by a 1993 referendum vote that imposed term limits, last week urged a legislative committee to throw out the law that drove him from...

  • Abby's Road: Live like the end is always near

    What do we do with the time we have left? That question has provoked great thinkers across religions, cultures and epochs. It also inspired an essay by Paul Kalanithi, a Stanford neurosurgeon writing for his institution’s medical magazine, the Stanford Medicine. On March 9, Ka...

  • Letter: Bath project should preserve Huse name

    I am a proud alumna of Bath's Huse School, which I attended a couple decades after its construction. I have many memories: watching Mercury astronauts blasting off on the school’s only black-and-white TV, collecting the milk money (4 cents for regular milk, 5 cents for chocolate), talent sh...

  • Letter: Shame on Netanyahu, not Pingree

    Shame? Yes, let's talk about shame. Not that of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, who should feel none for skipping a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, as he unabashedly used the U.S. Congress as a campaign stop for his own re-election – all organized by Republicans behind President Obama's back,...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith's opinion 'uplifting, refreshing'

    One would not think that an opinion column "talking about shame" could be uplifting and refreshing, but Julie McDonald-Smith's column was just that. Following the cue set by the mainstream media attacking the right, she dismantled the left with a casual, but accurately pointed, finger at the disg...