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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: Protect Falmouth property rights

    Why do some Falmouth town councilors want more land restrictions exceeding even state requirements – at what cost to property owners and taxpayers for enforcement – while we are already burdened with high taxes? If we don't stop some runaway councilors with their own agendas, F...

  • Letter: Thanks from The Salvation Army

    I would like to express enormous gratitude to your readers for their support of The Salvation Army's 2009 Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. This year the greater Portland community generously increased their support of the Christmas Kettle Campaign. Not only was our goal met, but it was ex...

  • Letter: Success of RSU 1 swim program

    Thank you for reporting on the great success RSU 1 has had in assuring that its goal of providing free swim lessons to all third- and fourth-graders can become a reality. As noted in the story in your Jan. 22 edition, the RSU 1 committee appointed by Superintendent William Shuttleworth has...

  • The Universal Notebook: The age of phony jeans and T-shirts

    When I was in high school in the 1960s we were not allowed to wear blue jeans to school. I distinctly remember thinking that when I grew up I was going to wear nothing but. Now I rarely wear jeans at all. I have two new pair in a bottom drawer, but I have never worn them. I just keep a cou...

  • Global Matters: A field guide to the governor's race

    Maine’s economy is in rough shape, and we face challenging issues in the coming months and years. Gov. John Baldacci is nearing the end of his second term. Many – and I mean many – candidates are lining up for the privilege of succeeding him. Given that Maine’s econ... 1

  • Letter: To the rescue in Yarmouth

    Many, many thanks to the two couples, and others, who pulled over on the Interstate 295 Exit 15 ramp in Yarmouth, (even though I waved you off) and got me out of a snow bank after my car spun out. The man who pulled my mini-van out with his truck, I didn't get your name, gets the "Good Samaritan"...

  • Letter: Yarmouth 5th-grader says don't idle

    I am a fifth-grader. I have noticed a lot of cars idling their engines when they do not need to in my town. It bothers me that people would just leave their cars on when they are not using them. I am telling you about this because it’s not only bad for the environment, people also have to p...

  • Letter: Disaster averted in Freeport

    We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Freeport, Durham, Pownal, Brunswick and Yarmouth fire departments for the incredible job they did in putting down the fire in our garage and saving our house on Sunday, Jan. 10. That was mutual aid at its finest. We woul...