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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Policy Wonk: Will Portland drop the ball on minimum wage?

    In January 2014, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan in his State of the City address called for raising the minimum wage. This began 18 months of research, discussion, study committee meetings and draft proposals. After all this, Portland’s finance committee has tendered a recommendation...

  • Capitol Notebook: LePage, GOP play politics of division

    Describing his view of the state budget, Republican legislator Jeffrey Timberlake talks about children waiting to get on a school bus where there aren’t enough seats. Timberlake, a farmer from Turner and a key Republican member of the  Appropriations Committee, was quoted in a s...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: How to fix Maine in 5 steps (guaranteed)

    Heavy is the head that wears the crown of being a newspaper columnist. In my case, every two weeks I’m tasked with compiling 750-800 words of profound insight, subtle wit and topical perspective for billions of (potential Internet) readers, and for the few of us Jurassic Parkers who still e...

  • Letter: Scarborough budget battle reflects leadership void

    I fully support education in Scarborough and have two children in the Scarborough public schools. Even if I did not have children in the schools, I would still be a supporter of education. I start my letter this way because all too often, those who question town and school expenses are accused of...

  • The Universal Notebook: The myth of economic development

    Back when first elected, one of the first things Gov. Paul LePage did was have an "Open for Business" sign placed on the Maine Turnpike. "Open for Business" was the mantra of Republican governors everywhere. Gov. Scott Walker similarly declared Wisconsin "Open for Business." But the suppos...

  • Abby's Road: No rest for the endlessly weary

    I did not realize that becoming a parent meant that I would never again get a full night’s sleep. The secret is out when it comes to newborns. Everyone knows that time will be measured in three-to-four hour chunks, regardless of whether it is light or dark outside. You’re equip...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Shout-outs for Portland's Class of 2015

    This graduation season, I have addressed a total of 700 graduates from our city’s four high schools: Portland, Deering, Casco Bay and the Portland Arts and Technology. I also have spoken at the Portland Adult Education ceremony, congratulating the nearly 200 PAE graduates who either ...

  • Letter: Criticism of Beem is off the mark

    I must strongly disagree with Walter Eno's assessment of Edgar Allen Beem's column regarding assisted suicide. I completely agree with Beem's comment, a...