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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Capitol Notebook: Lessons from a senator’s life

    Legislators, mental health advocates and his many friends gathered last weekend to celebrate the life of Joe Brannigan, a long-serving legislator from Portland who also built Shalom House, a network of housing for the mentally ill. A Topsham native and U.S. Navy veteran, Joe gave up his ea...

  • Policy Wonk: Statewide jails need a chance to succeed

    Maine has a statewide court system, a statewide Public Utilities Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation. We attempt to equalize educational opportunity by distributing school aid statewide. We have a statewide university system. Why? Beca...

  • Abby's Road: Not drowning is a major accomplishment

    When a person’s performance is characterized as treading water, it’s not meant as a compliment. To be treading water suggests a lack of motivation or capacity for forward progress. It implies stagnation, maybe even laziness. We learn to crawl so that we can learn to walk...

  • Letter: Falmouth shouldn't rezone Tidewater property

    In the fall of 2011, we enthusiastically purchased a house being built on Farm Gate Road in Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. We were very excited, as the Tidewater Farm Master Plan, which took several years to develop, outlined a plan that we were very comfortable with at this over-70 point in our liv...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Anyone can write, only a few are Columnists

    First my confession: I’m not a real newspaper columnist. Not even close. I’m a hack who can’t even spell the word punctuation without spell check, I determine colon and semicolon placement by coin flip, and it’s an utter mystery to me if my words here will have any ...

  • The Right View: Education policy that's rotten to the core

    That’s it. I’m done. I am refusing to allow my children to participate in any Common Core-related assessments, surveys, tests – anything, now that testing has begun in earnest in our schools. Here's why. The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Cu...

  • The Universal Notebook: Dictates of the dead

    High on the list of subjects about which I am greatly ambivalent, conflicted and inconsistent is the time-honored tradition of allowing the dead to dictate to us what we, the living, can and cannot do. Not to do so, I suppose, would be to abrogate a system of laws, yet I very often find my...

  • Short Relief: A tale of 2 speeches

    Gov. Paul LePage delivered his second inaugural address with a firm and confident voice. Gone was the nervous, "Chief Inspector Dreyfus" laugh that sometimes punctuated his remarks during the campaign. He took credit for his accomplishments; in particular, for paying off the hospital debt ...