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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: Freeport pastor responds

    Stephen Farrand's letter in response to my letter begs for correction. The most up-to-date English translations of the Bible use the word "drunkard" and not the word "alcoholic" because it's not simply referring to those who need treatment, but those who in recent weeks hav... 2

  • Editor's Notebook: Here's why the Police Beat goes on

    Much of my typical workday is spent fielding phone calls and reading e-mail messages from people who want to be in the newspaper. They have stories to tell, businesses to promote or events to publicize, and our four print editions and new Web site are the ideal way to spread the word to 70,000 ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Tell dad you love him before it's too late

    Even though he died 24 years ago, hardly a day has gone by that my father hasn't crossed my mind. His was a premature death, two weeks shy of his 60th birthday, caused by a massive heart attack brought about by a blood clot passing through his aorta. Our family doctor told me death...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a helicopter parent

    You should have seen my daughter Tess when I mentioned to her not long ago that when Robert Peary, destined to become the great Arctic explorer, graduated from Portland High School and went to Bowdoin College, his mother rented an apartment for them to share in Brunswick. Tess looke...

  • Letter: No deal in Scarborough

    Contrary to recent public statements and reports in the press, the Scarborough Education Association never agreed to a 0 percent salary increase and there never was an agreement with the Scarborough Board of Education to freeze salaries for next year. In the course of contract negotiations, we...

  • Letter: Appreciation for Falmouth voters

    To all Falmouth Voters, thanks for making the time to take an active roll in your local government. Approximately 1,400 of you ventured into the rain or voted absentee to have your voices heard. A special thank you to the 341 of you willing to support a new, independent voice as your represen...

  • Letter: Nun sense on gay marriage

    The Rev. Sandy Williams' letter deserves comment. So does Bishop Joseph Malone's recent sermon at the Augusta Civic Center. Both men spoke about gay marriage. Williams said the bible equates our gay neighbors with thieves and idolaters. Malone warned us that allowing gay marriage would somehow ... 3

  • Letter: Greely grads are great

    Congratulations to the Greely High School Class of 2009. As one of the chaperons of Project Graduation, I saw first-hand what wonderful young adults they are. They are respectful, caring, helpful, intelligent individuals. I heard from three different people at the Hallowell bowling/hockey facilit...