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  • The Universal Notebook: We are all illegal immigrants

    So President Barack Obama has finally decided to bypass Congress and enact sweeping immigration reforms himself. It's about time. House Republicans long ago forfeited the right to be considered anything other than obstructionist ideologues. They care more about winning than they do about s...

  • The Right View: Teach your children what it means to be an American

    On the occasion of America’s 238th birthday, I find myself wondering about our current state of affairs, and how we got here. I think I may have an idea. To the parents and grandparents out there, I ask this: Sit down with your children or grandchildren, and quiz them on the Constitu...

  • The Right View: On school choice, voters too have a choice

    As we come to the end of another school year, I’m thinking a lot about school choice, and the efforts underway in Augusta to limit parents’ options about their children's education. A recent option in Maine has been to utilize charter schools. But for some inconceivable reason,...

  • The Universal Notebook: We do not support our troops

    The ways in which the military has become a political football over recent weeks – the Veterans Administration health scandal, the Maine National Guard controversy, anger over a POW swap – are disheartening to say the least. Yes, the military is always being abused by politicia...

  • Policy Wonk: Facts, facts, I like facts

    A recent letter in a local newspaper chided Democrats for ignoring empirical evidence that Republican economic policies are working. Maine’s unemployment rate is 5.7 percent, the letter pointed out, while the national unemployment rate is 6.3 percent. The implied message: Gov. Paul LePage d...

  • Editorial: Portland's open spaces are not in jeopardy

    Like the desolate downtown plaza they seek to preserve, proponents of Question 1 in Portland – the June 10 referendum that purports to strengthen protection of open space – are missing both the forest and the trees. If approved, this citizen's initiative would add 35 city-...

  • Letter: Knee-jerk solution to Cumberland dog complaints

    The proposed leash law being considered by Cumberland that requires dogs to be on a leash on all public lands except for early morning and late evening seems an extreme answer to the recent complaints regarding off-leash dogs. What a sudden and drastic mandate from where we are now. We loo...

  • The Universal Notebook: Meddling with public education

    One of the few things I tend to agree with conservatives about is that we would probably be better off without the U.S. Department of Education and the Maine Department of Education. Beyond serving as a pass-through for tax dollars and perhaps promulgating some advisory standards, federal ...

  • Abby's Road: Let me list the ways

    I recently received an email message from a fitness website I'd shared my address with on a slow day in 2004. I still haven’t mustered the energy to unsubscribe, so for the past decade, I’ve just deleted the messages and moved on. The email I got today, though, could not be ign...

  • Short Relief: More to Maine National Guard story than meets the eye

    With all the attention being paid to the Maine National Guard’s 133rd Battalion (at least 16 pieces in the local paper in the last 30 days), I wanted to learn more about the situation. The U.S. Militia is composed of all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of 17 and 45, and of...