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  • Editor's Notebook: Twenty-two words, and 553 writers, to appreciate from 2014

    I don't usually have time to trade emails or chat with every reader who writes a letter to the editor. I'll write or call to confirm letters, but beyond that, unless a letter needs clarification, or if the writer asks a question about our policies for publishing letters, I don't usually fo...

  • The Right View: This Christmas, say a little prayer for us

    For me, Christmas is a time of reflection. A time to take stock of the year past, and things I’d like to see changed going forward. Nothing as schlocky as your typical New Year’s resolution, but rather, a refocusing on my family, and pondering what is happening to us as a nation. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: FairPoint takes a shot in the dark

    Just when you thought it was safe to do business again with FairPoint Communications, the telecommunications midget threatens to cut the Internet connections of 20,000 Great Works Internet customers. GWI is my Internet service provider and I couldn’t be happier with their service. And Fa...

  • Probing Politics: Paid sick leave proposal hits a raw nerve

    In my work, it always is a challenge to remain focused on ideas, voting records and data. Providing information about legislation and its consequences allows readers or the audiences I address to arrive at their own conclusions. I try to be balanced but, I don’t always succeed. This is one ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Make it your mantra: Never give up

    Courtney was a dropout. Recently, she received notification of her college acceptance – and she will graduate from Portland High School in June. Quite a turnaround for a young woman who did not look like she was going to make it through high school, much less be accepted to college.

  • Letter: Inspired by new citizens, Haitian spirit

    I attended my fourth naturalization ceremony on Jan. 15 and was witness to another student's big step into U.S. citizenship. It is truly an honor to witness these events; I never tire of them and I never say no. I am typically the only person there for that particular student, and although it is ...

  • Letter: Brunswick doesn't need Brown on MRRA

    I’m not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to Gary Brown’s failure to be renominated to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. He has admitted he told Sen. Stan Gerzofsky he would resign from the MRRA should he become town manager. So why does he now say he is “disappoi...

  • Letter: TV sensationalized Bath school story

    I would like to publicly compliment Morse High School Principal Peter Kahl on his efforts to promote awareness and action in dealing with our regional substance abuse problem. When Mr. Kahl received this years Drug and Alcohol Survey report, he realized that in spite of the many efforts being un...

  • Letter: Layoff a lesson in receiving, giving

    I want to thank the members of the Cumberland community who helped my family survive 2009. On March 3, my husband lost his job. The overwhelming stress and bitterness of this eventually gave way to many blessings. I have come home to a full freezer of donated food. A pile of donated wood w...

  • Letter: Let's tax Les Otten

    I read that Les Otten, a wealthy guy, longs to become governor of our fair state. The state is in the hole big-time, over $400 million, because of the Great Recession. How does he propose to deal with the deficit? He's a wealthy guy, so of course he would not raise taxes. He calls on all candidat...