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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...

  • m-letter_rogers Economics 101

      Since Democratic Gov. John Baldacci has said he wouldn't raise taxes this term, he's raising every "fee" he can find. I received a letter in the mail recently from Maine's Board of Professional Licensing and guess what? My licensing fees have doubled. When will t...

  • p-letter_anderson Sun sense

    I heartily commend Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, for promoting "Right to Dry" legislation in Maine, as is reported in the Jan. 29 Forecaster. We all are concerned about climate change and energy consumption as well as saving money in these tough economic times. Allowing each of us who...

  • p-letter_doughty The end of Lifeline

    Since the Forecaster published its article on budget cuts at the University of Southern Maine on Jan. 21 the Lifeline Center, a 33-year-old program for wellness and fitness has gone on the chopping block and will close next July. Five full-time and numerous part-time employees, most of them in...

  • pnms-beem-020409 You're only as old as you look

    For the first time in my life, the president of the United States is younger than I am. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are my rough contemporaries. They would have been seniors when I was a freshman, but I was 12 years old when Barack Obama was born. That was 1961, the year Roger Maris hi...

  • pnms-frank City Council fiddles while Portland sinks

    Everyone agreed that the 89-year-old Maine State Pier needed repair. Everyone agreed that Portland could not afford to pay for the work itself. The city didn't have the revenue even before the economy collapsed. Almost everyone agreed that it made sense to have someone else repair and maintai...

  • pnms-reportersnotebook Midnight plane to Georgia: A series of unfortunate complaints

    You'd think that after flying on airplanes for 25 of my 30 years, I wouldn't have so much to complain about.

  • pnms-letter_payne Beem's choices troubling

        Last week, Edgar Allen Been concluded that not only is there no real economic crisis, but that "there's something fundamentally dishonest about the idea you can invest a dollar ... and, without doing a damn thing yourself, expect it to turn into $2 or ...

  • pnms-newman The winter of our discontent

    At the risk of inducing unwelcome flashbacks to high school English classes and the complexities of Shakespeare's "Richard III," I am wonder whether we are still mired in the winter of our discontent, or whether, owing to the election of President Barack Obama, a warming trend is immi...