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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Letter: Support the SAD 51 budget

    If you’re still on the fence about the School Administrative District 51 budget, I’d like to urge you to vote yes and get behind a long-range plan of sustainability. Hold the line: June 8 will be the fourth vote to authorize the district to expend the same dollar amount. This ...

  • Letter: Otten for Maine governor

    As a mother to two children who will be raised and educated in Maine, the upcoming gubernatorial election is very important to their future. An important issue for many Maine families is the ability for our children to find jobs and to be able to stay in Maine and raise their own families. For ou...

  • Letter: Perfetti, Moriarty in Cumberland

    Voting for Michael Perfetti for a second term on the Cumberland Town Council is a vote for collaborative governance that is often missing in town politics. I have known Mike for 10 years. We served together on a town-wide effort to secure land, raise funds and qualify Cumberland workforce ...

  • Letter: Yes on Question 2

    The combination of greater energy independence, creation of green jobs and making immediate energy savings is a tough combination to beat, but that’s just what Maine voters will get if we approve Question 2 on the June ballot. Question 2, a $26.5 million bond issue, funds $15.5 mill...

  • Letter: Leavitt for Cumberland council

    Cumberland is fortunate to have Sally Leavitt stand for Town Council. As a lifelong resident of Cumberland, she understands the needs of the town and its diverse communities. She has expressed new ideas and approaches to address the many challenges our town is currently facing. Sally was v...

  • The Universal Notebook: Welcome to the Grand Old (Tea) Party

    So where were the responsible adults when the Tea Party yahoos of the Knox County delegation to the Republican state convention were on their search-and-destroy mission at King Middle School in Portland? Their McCarthy-esque hunt led them to rummage through a teacher’s supplies, stea... 6

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Plans underway to improve elementary school buildings

    I was shocked to see the condition of most of Portland’s public elementary school buildings when I arrived last March as the district’s superintendent-elect. I recognize that strong teacher-student relationships are far more important than facilities. However, the building def...

  • Letter: Yes on Question 1

    The TV ads have started. Maine voters are asked to vote no on a plan to raise income taxes in a bad economy. These messages do not tell the whole story. The new law which was passed on June 12, 2009,would add new sales taxes on such services as car repairs, boat moorings and movie tickets....