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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Dave Murray for Falmouth council

    Stepping in to fill a need at a time when strong leadership is required is commendable in itself, but Dave Murray is truly showing his mettle by running for Falmouth Town Council after already having served in the position before. We are very lucky to have someone with the experience of ha...

  • Letter: Varney for Falmouth council

    Faith Varney is a dedicated community member of long standing and my choice for Town Council. Her positive outlook, her sensitivity to the average resident's voice, and cultured ability to negotiate differences of opinions while maintaining strong core values are qualities and talents that make h...

  • Letter: Reject vernal pool rules in Falmouth

    Many well-spoken people argued against the vernal pool extension at the April 12 Falmouth Town Council meeting and I hope the councilors took note. I recommend the councilors take a step back and look at the process that got them to this point, which included a science project whose conclusion w...

  • Letter: Thanks to Falmouth P.D.

    I want to thank the Falmouth Police Department for increasing their enforcement of the speed limit in our town. I have noticed a more calming ride home and noticed fewer cars taking random risks. Additionally, I would like to thank the officers that are doing the morning school patrol at the inte...

  • Letter: Portland will survive loss of branch libraries

    As a library patron I was sad to know that three branches are scheduled to be closed. Like all losses in daily life, however, I have learned to shift from the initial denial, work through the anger with dignity so that I can accept it, and move on to take another breath and ideally, proactive ac...

  • The Universal Notebook: Upon hearing sacred music

    There is very little music in my life these days. When I was younger my life had a soundtrack supplied by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Rush and Dave Van Ronk, later Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty. ...

  • Forecaster Forum: America needs a new New Deal

    It's no secret that the last decade of American history has witnessed a series of economic, environmental and political crises. The Bush Administration failed to fix these problems because it sought to address their effects, rather than their causes. If President Barack Obama hopes to rect...

  • Letter: Horch for the state House

    Fred Horch recently qualified as Brunswick's Green Independent Candidate for the Maine House of Representatives. I believe in Fred’s ability to activate change within the community that will give Brunswick the strengths it is currently lacking and the support it needs to keep the character ...