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  • Letter: Headline lacked sympathy for Falmouth family

    I was disappointed to see the front-page headline regarding a Falmouth house fire in the Nov. 20 Northern edition ("Police suspect bath salts ...

  • Letter: McLean grateful for re-election to Maine House

    I was honored and humbled to have been re-elected by the people of Gorham and Scarborough to represent Maine House District 27. I am deeply grateful for the faith and trust that you have placed in me. Since my first campaign for the Maine House in 2012, I have knocked on nearly 7,000 doors...

  • Letter: Respect, not prayer, is the remedy for bullying

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s column advocating for prayer and even Bible study in schools as a part of the remedy for school bullying fails to take into account the vast number of students who are harassed because of an LGBT identity or expression that conflicts with Christian and otherwise conse...

  • Letter: School prayer is just another form of bullying

    Question for columnist Julie McDonald-Smith: So what should we teach children in the classroom about prayers? That the Chinese don't pray to God, yet have fewer gun murders than the Bible Belt? That Third-World people pray like mad, yet continue to live under tragic and crushing economic c...

  • The Universal Notebook: You won’t have Cutler to kick around anymore

    As I write this five days before the election, I have no idea who won the gubernatorial race, but I know it wasn’t independent Eliot Cutler. And it never was going to be. In a self-serving concession speech-that’s-not-a-concession speech, Cutler acknowledged that after four yea...

  • Abby's Road: Life is a risk worth taking

    My grandfather joked that the person who would most enjoy a funeral is the deceased. He insisted that the unabashed commemoration of life offered decent consolation for the fact of death. My sisters and I dutifully laughed through our eye-rolling and shushing. In late October, I att...

  • Short Relief: The case for mandatory Ebola quarantine

    Ebola was identified in the 1970s. Since then, the World Health Organization has documented 24 outbreaks, all in West Africa. They ranged from one to 425 reported cases, with mortality rates of between 25 percent and 100 percent, resulting in between one and 280 deaths. The current outbrea...

  • Letter: Prayer in public schools won't eliminate bullying

    Surely Julie McDonald-Smith doesn't actually believe that imposing Christian prayer and Bible study on public school children would in some way make them feel more cared for or like they belong and are welcome here (

  • Letter: Summit needs to keep promises

    I was skeptical when a representative from Summit Natural Gas said I would have gas by Nov. 1, but I decided to put my faith in the company. After all, they were generating excitement and taking pictures with community leaders. Surely, they would keep their commitment. I, like everyone els...

  • The Right View: In age of school bullying, heaven help us

    If you are the parent of a child who is bullied, at some point – once you get over your initial devastation – perhaps you begin to think of the child who is doing the bullying. Perhaps you ponder the cause. Many of us tend to think kids who bully are hurting in some way, are lo...