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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • The Universal Notebook: Phil & Ethan & Hannah & Roger

    Amid all the partisanship and polarization that characterizes the political life of Maine and the nation these days, it’s refreshing to see Republicans and Democrats who can get along in public. Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling and Hannah Pingree and Roger Katz seem to have carved o...

  • The Right View: Obama’s lawlessness shocking on its face

    Our Republic is under assault, and the world is becoming more dangerous by the day. It’s difficult to choose which issue to opine about. Tens of thousands of children from Central America are flooding and overwhelming border agents in the southwest, and this human cargo is being tran...

  • Letter: Topsham Republican thanks voters for support

    I would like to thank my fellow Republicans in House District 54 for the vote of confidence you placed in me on June 10 to represent Topsham. Please know that if elected in November, I will work diligently on your behalf. During the weeks prior to the primary, I met so many great people in...

  • Letter: Critics' goal is privatization of VA medical system

    As a World War II veteran, I agree with Edgar Allen Beem that we don't adequately support the troops. However, I disagree with his analysis. Veterans Administration medical programs have served me well, at Togus and elsewhere. Delays in the VA's system are no worse than in the private sector....

  • Letter: South Portland ordinance is good for business, bad for tar sands

    South Portland is a great city blessed by a beautiful coastline. For hundreds of years the ocean has provided food, jobs, and recreation for local citizens and visitors. The Draft Ordinance Committee was tasked by the City Council to write an ordinance which will protect our coast from the danger...

  • Letter: Cumberland County sheriff thanks voters

    I want to thank you for your votes and support in the Democratic primary on June 10. I am so humbled and honored to serve as your sheriff for another four years. The employees of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office were able to accomplish a large number of initiatives and agency g...

  • The Universal Notebook: For sale by owner

    Having only purchased one house in my life and never having sold one, all this real estate stuff is new and strange to me. I can see why some viewers find the reality show (or is it realty show?) "Property Virgins" so compelling; you learn a lot about people when they go looking for a new home.

  • Abby's Road: For Mr. Spring, school's out forever

    Gary Spring was the best teacher I ever had. He was my history teacher for three years at Falmouth High School. Every day in his class was exciting, stimulating and absolutely terrifying. I never repeated that kind of classroom experience. I approached it during a philosophy class a...