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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Sold souls paid for Question 1 win

    Thanks to Tony Payne for putting his finger on the Marriage Equality Act defeat ("Campaigns played our children as pawns"). But he is too polite by far. Bishop Richard Malone, Marc Mutty, and the Rev. Bob Emrich sold their souls to the devil for a California sleazebag who had discovered ...

  • Letter: Portland students need common sense, not speed bumps

    There are two reasons Portland city officials are rejecting Portland High School Principal Michael Johnson's request for "yellow flashing lights and speed bumps" in front of PHS. First, the city does not have $50,000 for the lights. Second, speed humps are specifically forbidden on roads ...

  • Letter: Seeing the light at Portland Head

    Now that we have all the recent political babble out of the way, we can get down to more serious concerns. We all should be aware that one of the oldest and most revered lighthouses on the Atlantic coast is not the Portland Headlight, but the Portland Head Light. Note the space between "Head&q...

  • Letter: South Portland council victor says thanks

    I would like to thank the citizens of South Portland for having the faith and trust to elect me to the City Council. My goal is to be a clear, constant and consistent voice of the people, and I encourage residents to contact me with their view on the issues. We continue to face challenging times; ho...

  • The Universal Notebook: Military deserves support, clear objectives

    My Uncle Gordon was buried last month with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A retired Air Force major, Uncle Gordie spent 25 years in the military. His passing somehow adds greater meaning for me to Veterans Day this year. 2

  • Probing Politics: Campaigns played our children as pawns

    As expected, last week's vote was not a Maine election, but rather a battleground for national organizations with lots of money and muscle. In the absence of exit polls or post-election surveys, we're left to speculate about the results of the two headliner issues by following the money and d...

  • Letter: Gay rights are inevitable

    To those who voted against equal rights for our gay neighbors: Those who seek to deny human and civil rights to individuals consistently come out on the wrong side of history. One has only to look at the past century to see the overwhelming evidence, as our female and black citizens fought for ... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Bad beards of baseball

    As I write this, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied one game apiece in the 2009 World Series. Fewer folks on the West Coast probably care about the outcome (which we will know by the time this column is in print) than care about the outcome of Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot...