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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: It's wrong to write off libraries

    Edgar Allen Beem wrote in his column about the demise of books, reading and libraries. Certainly libraries and the ways people access books and information are changing, but we are far from the last throes of a dying civilization. Although Beem spoke as a former librarian, he actually hasn’... 1

  • Letter: Newman ignores India's caste problem

    Perry B. Newman's gushing column on India's education system leaves out a few important points. India's exceptional performance over the past two decades is amazing and can largely be attributed to the strength of India's traditional family values. The divorce rate is less than 2 percent and educ...

  • Forecaster Forum: At times like this, you really need an unfriend

    My mother repeatedly tells me Facebook is evil, and I'm starting to believe her. I am referring to Facebook, a “social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” I defended my Facebook use by declaring the site keeps me “co...

  • Universal Notebook: Open and affirming in 2010

    On the first Sunday of Advent, I was typecast as a skeptic in a little church skit about watching and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. One of my lines, condemning the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, was “That’s not a religious celebration. It’s rampant consumerism. ...

  • Short Relief: From Cortina to Congress Street

    Several years ago, I was lucky enough to go skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina is a town in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy near the Austria border. In addition to the beautiful natural and man-made scenery, the warmth of the Italian people and the good food, one of the things ...

  • The Universal Notebook: The old ways are rapidly fading

    The velocity of change these days is breathtaking and, for an old media guy entering his seventh decade, rather frightening. My New Year’s resolution for 2010, therefore, is to do everything I can to slow down and resist change. Each week as I carry an armload of old newspapers out t... 1

  • Global Matters: Maine's India achievement test

    Back in 2007 I wrote in these pages that India, bolstered by a booming economy and a relentless drive to succeed, would no longer be the butt of jokes caricaturing telemarketers selling things to Americans at suppertime. I suggested that Mainers ought to pay close attention to the voice on the ot...

  • Forecaster Forum: Evans and the Duke

    It was late winter, early spring in Portland, a Saturday I think it was, as I remember not being in any hurry to get back to Castine. Evans had been doing well, remission I guess it's called, when a cancer patient is doing well. Of course that's a relative term, as doing well for the rest ...