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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: Get government out of the defense business

    According to a November Rasmussen Reports poll, 71 percent of Americans are to some degree angry with Washington. We know why conservatives are angry. They nearly destroyed the country and now, powerless and marginalized, they refuse to help fix it, preferring to sit on the sidelines cheering for... 5

  • Editorial: There's a party goin' on in South Portland (but you're not invited)

    South Portland's new mayor, Thomas Coward, threw a party last weekend to celebrate his inauguration. He invited his friends and supporters, and other city councilors. But he didn't invite the press, and that was wrong. Here is part of the press release Coward distributed on Dec. 10 ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Burning questions about the bare necessities

    If folks in China and India and, heaven forbid, equatorial Africa, ever manage to achieve the American standard of living, the level of global pollution and depleted natural resources will be such that we all may have to don survival suits to enjoy the comforts of home. I foresee se...

  • Probing Politics: MEMIC & Dirigo: Lessons for the nation from Maine

    This may seem presumptuous, but I believe Maine offers the nation some stark lessons when it comes to insurance reform. In 1991, Maine's workers' compensation insurance market had all but collapsed. Many employers ignored workplace safety while plaintiffs' lawyers and unions were allowe...

  • Letter: SMCC students 'thrilled' to tell their stories

    I would like to thank Randy Billings for his outstanding reporting last week on my immigrant, refugee and international students at Southern Maine Community College. These young men and women are amazing, and they were thrilled to have a chance to tell their stories to a reporter. The article ...

  • Letter: Rowe for governor

    I recently received an invitation to become one of 1,000 women "Rowing for Steve." As much as I love to be on the water, this has nothing to do with boating. This has to do with joining a team supporting Steve Rowe's run for governor. The first time I heard Steve Rowe speak he was our at...

  • Letter: Right to know is ignored all over

    I read the Editor's Notebook column about public officials in Topsham and South Portland snubbing the public's right to know. I have no doubt that it's true and what's even scarier is that it is happening all across the United States at all levels of government. I contacted the president of the Main...

  • Letter: Age works for, not against, equal rights

    I take issue with two of Halsey Frank's assertions ("Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing"). The first is his opinion that given Maine's median age of 40.7 years it is likely that the repeal of the right of same-sex couples to marry was based, in part, on...