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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: Voters with large amygdalas send a loud message

    Democrats did lousy in the recent elections. Theories abound. Edgar Allen Beem explained. His brilliant analysis, from Psychology Today: Voters in rural Maine, anti-intellectual conservatives possessing “larger amygdalas,” responded to the simplicity of LePage’s campaign pitch. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Refugees and immigrants and aliens, oh my!

    President Obama has taken executive action on immigration because Congress has failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans are howling mad, insisting Obama has gone too far this time. Personally, I don’t think he went far enough. Obama has exercised his executive au...

  • Editor's Notebook: The call of turkey fails to fill an empty nest

    It took me until Black Friday dinner, a full day after Thanksgiving, to figure out why I was feeling so – to use a word I'll forever associate, thanks to Charles Dickens, with another holiday of the season – melancholy. It wasn't because my wife was sick, and sounded ...

  • Short Relief: You've got to have friends

    The acrimonious 2014 campaigns and a 2012 opinion poll that found partisans don’t associate with their opposition has fueled debate about whether Republicans and Democrats can get along, much less be friends. The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only about 10 ...

  • Letter: Community Band adds to Cumberland festivities

    I would like to thank Mike Profetti and the Community Band for an outstanding performance at the Cumberland tree-lighting ceremony that was held on Nov. 30. It was their initial performance and they were warmly received by an enthusiastic audience. Hopefully we’ll hear more from them in the...

  • Letter: Falmouth pantry, library support each other

    There is no better time to express gratitude to the Falmouth community for the amazing support extended to the Falmouth Food Pantry. Literally hundreds of individuals and dozens of businesses make it possible for us to serve hundreds of families in need. The Falmouth Memorial Library is on...

  • Letter: Care Net appreciates support of businesses

    I am writing to thank the local businesses who gave their support to Care Net of Mid-Coast Maine's annual fundraising banquet on Nov. 20. Located in Brunswick, Care Net serves ten area towns including Bath, Bowdoin, Freeport, Lisbon, Richmond, and Topsham. Care Net is a pregnancy care cent...

  • Letter: Reclaimed pilings enhance the look of Portland-Falmouth bridge

    I often bicycle across the Martin's Point Bridge, and have been struck by the beauty of the pilings on the western side. I find them so evocative of the area's maritime heritage, much as the abandoned ships near the Route 1 bridge out of Wiscasset had been. Recently, I have taken to asking others...