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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...

  • Letter: Beem cracks him up

    Edgar Allen Beem's column is always a hoot. Unless he rides a bike to get to Trader Joe's, he is helping the evil multinational oil company stockholders, like the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (whose largest equity holding is ExxonMobil) acquire their grossly unfair profits. Of course,...

  • Letter: Beem is right about taxes

    Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem for having the gumption to tell the truth: we need to raise taxes, in Maine and in the country, if we are going to remain a viable society. The talking-head millionaires on rant radio and the heads of mega-corporations talking directly to "our representatives" have cre...

  • Letter: Bring back the old Beem

    Hippies have been an amusing feature of Maine’s landscape since the Muskie days. The freedom-loving, carefree, nonviolent hippie complemented the state’s core fabric of toleration and peaceful community. Generous Mainers and visitors have looked past the vehicles and homes in variou... 1

  • Letter: Beem doesn't tell Whole Foods truth

    Edgar Allen Beem says he "could buy (albeit more expensively) at Whole Foods if I could stomach the conservative politics if its owner, John Mackey.” Beem once again regurgitates the progressive talking points with regard to “conservatives.” I am a conservative. Unlike ... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: The companies you keep

    Over the years, I have sometimes been accused of being anti-business. As a progressive, I tend to favor labor over management, the common good over corporate profit, cooperation over competition. But there are some companies I love despite myself. I am spoiled, of course, by having a spous...

  • Probing Politics: The Legislature's taxing logic

    Here’s a question that most people outside the capitol in Augusta could answer correctly with very little policy background. If Maine wanted to encourage retaining high-wage manufacturing jobs would it A) increase the tax on fuel and electricity used in manufacturing or B) retain or even re...

  • Letter: Otten story a 'hatchet job'

    Most successful business owners have had setbacks in their careers. The proof of a successful career is one's ability to bounce back from tough times. Not only has Les Otten helped create many hundreds of jobs in the Bethel area, but most of these jobs still exist. Otten is still creating ...

  • Letter: Raise Beem's taxes, please

    Six years ago, in another of his soak-the-rich socialist screeds ("Who needs property tax relief," March 4, 2004), Edgar Allen Beem volunteered that less than $10,000 separated him from the poorhouse. In other words, he counted himself among that segment of the population consuming almost as much... 1