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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Protectionism is reason for Canadian drug ruling

    I disagree with the CanaRx decision, which struck down a Maine law allowing Maine citizens to purchase foreign prescriptions. One of the rationales by opponents of the law was that foreign prescriptions are less safe than U.S. prescriptions. Well, if that were true, what makes it any less safe fo...

  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...

  • Abby's Road: Diagnosing a winter psychosis

    The sixth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders should include the following criteria to assist mental health professionals identify a New Englander suffering from winter: • Arrogance. The descent into winter is marked by cockiness. Red flags include a p...

  • Letter: Force alone won't stem the terrorist tide

    Thank you to Edgar Allen Beem for saying what needs to be said about the way in which we are undertaking our war on terror. As he points out, we create as many terrorists as we destroy through our  campaign of remote-controlled robot bombing attacks. The civilians who are killed in th...

  • Letter: Magazine gets well-deserved slap from Woods

    I agree with Steve Woods' Intentionally Unreasonable column last week ("No time for swimsuits, and other cold thoughts"

  • Letter: Sexy servers deserve more compensation

    Natalie Ladd's Dishin' That column “What happens in the kitchen doesn’t stay there" is more than interesting for my wife and...

  • Letter: Columnist ignores Obamacare benefits

    Julie McDonald-Smith's most recent column extolling the efforts to repeal Obamacare in its entirety ignores the positive impact the Affordable Care Act is having on the lives of millions of Americans. Enrollment has exceeded expectations and there are now over 31 million citizens signed up, inclu...