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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • The Universal Notebook: Wrestling with the referendums

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of government by referendum. I know, I know – power to the people and all that. But there's just something too desperate and Californian about throwing every difficult issue out to public referendum and undermining the work of our elected representatives. That said, I... 2

  • Letter: Elect Christie in Cape Elizabeth

    As residents of Cape Elizabeth, please join us in electing John Christie to the School Board. As parents of two, John knows that the decisions made by our board are an integral part of keeping our school in the top tier for the state. In addition to the beautiful landscape, we can all agree that a...

  • Forecaster Forum: College bill needs second look

    The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think-tank, issued a report last week well-timed to start a debate on government spending. The report, called the "Maine Piglet Book," tabulated around $2 billion in what the MHPC sees as wasteful pork. Yet it's one thing to pick apart l...

  • Short Relief: Blink and there's bound to be another gubernatorial candidate

    Thirteen months to go before the 2010 election and it seems like there are as many people running for governor as will be voting. On the Republican side of the aisle, there are several attractive candidates worth considering already, and there is still time for others to jump into the r...

  • Letter: Questioning South Portland petitions

    I take issue with Gary Crosby's insistence that the 1,000 signatures on the referendum petitions to ban dogs from Willard Beach in South Portland represents 1,000 people supporting the referendum. I was approached several times at the post office to sign the petition. The various women were ev...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about corporate rights

    Corporations are owned by people. Under the First Amendment they have a right to freedom of speech. Edgar Allen Beem seems perfectly happy to ignore the fact that very many Americans, especially those owning corporate stocks, have become so naive and uniformed as to let corporate officers and employ... 1

  • Letter: Defeat the South Portland dog ordinance

    People who don't visit Willard Beach in South Portland might wonder what happens there. Here's a little sketch that shows a typical day at the beach. Picture this: By the jungle gym, a mom watches over two toddlers. Near the water, women walk briskly together. Along the beach, dogs and their ow...

  • Letter: Portland principal for Pierce in Cape

    John Christie will be a tremendous asset to the Cape Elizabeth School Board. As a career educator and principal at Casco Bay High School in Portland, I know how much our students and staff depend on School Board members to be smart, collaborative, financially savvy and passionate about both kid...