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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...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Setting budget priorities

    Budgets represent a community’s priorities. As I crafted my 2010-2011 budget for the Portland Public Schools, I faced the challenge of meeting students’ needs and moving our district forward, while keeping costs affordable for taxpayers. Fortunately, more than 100 residents re...

  • Forecaster Forum: Don't confuse budget balancing with 'anti-business'

    In a recent column (“The Legislature’s taxing logic”) Tony Payne took the Legislature’s Taxation Committee to task for suggesting that a portion of the structural budget hole might be filled by reducing a present business tax break. Payne then went on to complain that mere...

  • Letter: A response from Les Otten

    I am writing in response to an article ("Risky business: Les Otten and the rise and fall of American Skiing Co.") written by Marian McCue and John Christie. It was disappointing to learn after the fact that the story was written by a person who contributed the maximum amount allowable by l...

  • Letter: Falmouth CDC chairwoman responds

    A letter titled "Falmouth conservation plan goes too far" last week addressed changes made in a proposed ordinance regarding the town’s natural resources. The changes were made by the Community Development Committee to accommodate landowners who had voiced concerns that the original proposa...

  • Letter: Parking ban unnecessary in South Portland

    Most towns and cities in Maine during this slight winter storm season got through on several nights, where there was an official snow street parking ban. Imagine that. A handful of nights where you could not park on the street, without a ticket or a tow. Not so in South Portland. We are on t...

  • Letter: Support for Falmouth Flyer

    With the Falmouth Flyer bus still quite new in Falmouth, residents are just learning how wonderfully relaxing and fun riding the bus into Portland, or to Route 1 shopping, movies, or Town Landing, can be. That's why it's such great news that the Town Council found the funding to keep the full cu...

  • Letter: Challenges ahead for Falmouth bus

    I want to thank the Falmouth Town Council for their decision to continue the Metro bus service. I have been using the bus for commuting purposes for two years and find it prompt, dependable, convenient and affordable. The council’s decision comes at a time when there are challenges ahead fa...

  • Letter: SAD 51 teachers should agree to renegotiate

    Your headline “SAD 51 school budget could cost up to 30 jobs” could just as easily have said “Seniors being forced from their homes by greedy SAD 51 teachers.” It seems rather greedy to accept an 8.17 percent salary increase when all about them other government empl...