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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: Seek proper disposal of meds

    Maine is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers involved both in keeping unused medications in our medicine cabinets and in flushing them or putting them in the trash. What to do? Call your legislators and ask them to adopt LD 821, "An Act to Support Collection and Proper Disposal of U...

  • The Universal Notebook: It's time for a Maine Woods National Park

    Daughter Nora tells people she lives in Narnia, C.S. Lewis’s fantasy-land where the White Witch decreed that it always be winter, though never Christmas. Actually, she lives in the White Mountains, where she and her fiance work for conservation groups. Our whole family was up ... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: Make us part of your Sunday-morning routine

    The late President Lyndon B. Johnson once said "the fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character." Johnson's comment – from an era when newspapers were still the primary source of news and information – probably offered more insight into hi...

  • Forecaster Forum: To 'know your farmer' is to live better

    I saw a new bumper sticker on a car at the Falmouth Shopping Center today. It said, “Know your farmer.” And for the first time, I can say I do. Kathy supplies me with potatoes and cabbage and mini McIntosh apples. No longer is she just the bundled-up body under the “Valle...

  • Letter: Falmouth squeezes property owners

    My wife and I have been concerned for some time over the perceived encroachment of the Falmouth conservationists on the private land owners of this town. This concern was increased when we tuned in to a rebroadcast of the Jan. 25 Town Council meeting and heard a young man presenting a prop...

  • Letter: Payne column misses the point

    Tony Payne receives high marks for projecting misconceptions about business here in Maine. He is stuck on the idea that taxes and worker benefits stunt job creation. Surely low taxes are helpful to entice employers to locate to this state. However, there are other more compelling reasons... 1

  • Reporter's Notebook: Special delivery for J.D.

    The package for J.D. Salinger rolled off the conveyor wrapped in L.L. Bean's signature brown paper. It could have been a sweater, maybe a bathrobe. Definitely not slippers. Those came in a box. I knew this because in 1995 I worked as a courier for FedEx in Lebanon, N.H. I was fresh out of... 2

  • Letter: In Falmouth, your land is my land

    Falmouth's Long Range Planning Advisory Committee issued recommendations. The Town Council’s guiding principles included “start with scientific principles” and “minimize impacts on land owners." The committee's report is empty, or worse, on both. No scientific data ...