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  • Letter: Summit needs to keep promises

    I was skeptical when a representative from Summit Natural Gas said I would have gas by Nov. 1, but I decided to put my faith in the company. After all, they were generating excitement and taking pictures with community leaders. Surely, they would keep their commitment. I, like everyone els...

  • The Right View: In age of school bullying, heaven help us

    If you are the parent of a child who is bullied, at some point – once you get over your initial devastation – perhaps you begin to think of the child who is doing the bullying. Perhaps you ponder the cause. Many of us tend to think kids who bully are hurting in some way, are lo...

  • Letter: Frank wrong about instant run-off voting

    To the editor: It does not surprise me that Halsey Frank, as the former chairman of the Republican City Committee, would be warning of the dangers of instant runoff voting. He offered an unlikely example of how IRV might lead to distorting the will of the voters in an extremely close elect...

  • Short Relief: The dangers of using run-off voting to elect Portland's mayor

    At its January 28th meeting, Portland’s Charter Commission voted 9-1 to let Portland residents consider revising the City Charter to employ Instant Runoff Voting, also called Rank Choice Voting, for mayor. With IRV, voters rank each candidate in order of preference. If no candidate ...

  • Probing Politics: Don't blame the unions, look in the mirror

    Few would dispute that the labor movement in the United States has helped deliver safer working conditions, higher wages and generous benefits. Along with the GI Bill that enabled tens of thousands of veterans to pursue higher education, the unions have helped build the middle class. Despi...

  • Universal Notebook: Raise taxes, please!

    In these dire economic times, it’s easy for politicians to take the No New Taxes pledge. How could you possibly raise taxes when people are hurting, right? Wrong. A refusal to raise taxes when needed is political cowardice, plain and simple. Fiscal responsibility doesn’t just m...

  • Letter: Falmouth ignores land owners

    For many of us a dictionary or interpreter is needed to translate Falmouth's 84-page resource conservation report into something we can all understand. What is the clear evidence that these animals are in danger of significant loss of habitat in Falmouth? Preserving nature is indeed important, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Indiana Faithfull in black-and-white and gray

    Kids can be cruel. As Indiana Faithfull stepped to the line to shoot foul shots in last week's high school basketball tournament, the Windham High School student section broke into chants of “Chea-ter! Chea-ter!” and “USA! USA!” The long, lanky point guard, an Austr...

  • Global Matters: Communicating across cultures

    A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but most of us have discovered that when it comes to communication, not everyone opts for the most direct route. Some people simply have difficulty getting to the point. Others prefer to couch their communications in nuance a...

  • Letter: What makes Scarborough great

    Scarborough Cub Scout Pack 47 Den 11 meets at the Pleasant Hill Station of the Fire Department on a regular basis. For the past two meetings, Cub Scouts have been interacting with the call company and per diem members of that station to become more aware of fire safety and what actions they shoul...