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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...

  • Letter: Beem wrong on Bonny Eagle

    Whenever Edgar Allen Beem takes a position I find I seldom agree with him. His comments on the Bonny Eagle graduation are no exception. When an individual makes an effort to prepare and deliver a graduation speech, be it the valedictorian or an invited guest, waving at friends and b...

  • Letter: Angered by Cardelli story

    I will openly admit to feeling appalled and angry when I read your first article about Mr. Stephen Cardelli Jr. Certainly, you were swayed by the salacious nature of the details about Steve that you thought you uncovered. Perhaps holding off on publishing that part of your story would have all...

  • The Universal Notebook: Leave the kids alone

    From what we read, the Bonny Eagle High School graduation was marred this year by school and police officials overreacting to the exuberance of youth. Told not to bounce beach balls during the ceremony, some boisterous graduates did anyway; one (who claims not to have participated) got bounced ...

  • Global Matters: When it comes to energy, east is east and west is west

    I was delighted to read recently that governors of U.S. border states and premiers of neighboring Canadian provinces had convened and pronounced themselves committed to cooperation on both energy development and transmission. The governors noted that huge energy potential exists in...

  • Forecaster Forum: Who's drinking the school consolidation Kool-Aid?

    According to Edgar Allen Beem ("The Universal Notebook," June 8), school leadership at School Administrative District 51 "could have (like the Yarmouth schools) sought high-performing exemptions" from school consolidation "had their educational leaders not drunk the con... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: First-term lawmaker recounts Legislature's accomplishments

    The Maine Legislature finished it first regular session in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 13. It was a very challenging and productive session and I have learned much since I first took office in December. As a first-term legislator I am very pleased about the good work ...

  • Letter: Dogs are family, too

    I recently moved to Portland and was thrilled to find Willard Beach, a wonderful place for my 10-month-old son and my dog, Sydney. I was surprised to learn of the bitter conflict regarding dogs, especially when dogs only have access for four hours each day. My wife and I are physici...

  • Letter: Falmouth put on a special event

    We would like to thank Falmouth Town Manager Nathan Poore, the Police, Fire and EMS departments and Wendi O'Donovan for putting together the open house for special needs individuals at the Police Station. This event was held on Saturday, June 13, and it was a huge success. Our children were gi...