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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...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrating Portland's high school graduates

    Graduation season is one of the high points in my year. During the past month, I congratulated each of the nearly 1,000 students who graduated from our district’s high schools – Casco Bay, Deering, Portland, Portland Arts and Technology – and Portland Adult Education...

  • Forecaster Forum: A vote for color-blindness at the polls

    What do I want for my kids on Election Day when they grow up? I want more for them than for myself, as all parents wish. I want them to show up at the voting booths and be grateful that we live in a democracy. I want them to be informed and vote with intelligence. I want them to wear the "...

  • Letter: No need for another Congress Square vote

    Now that the divisive vote on the Portland parks referendum is over, it is time for the residents of Portland to come together in order to plan the revitalization of Congress Square Park. I urge the mayor, City Council, and Rockbridge Capital to drop the idea of developing valuable open space in ...

  • Letter: Put Freeport schools back the way they were

    After the recent Regional School Unit 5 budget vote, folks in all three towns may be thinking back on what we used to have. Freeport had an up-and-coming community school system. Durham and Pownal had low taxes, strong elementary schools and choice of high schools. Why would we have given ...

  • Letter: Veterans deserve better federal response

    The Veterans Administration is much in the news these days. It is aggravating to see the politicians from both parties either patting themselves on the back for all they have done for veterans, or blaming other politicians and administrators (never themselves) for the obvious problems. The fact r...

  • Letter: Falmouth High School Class of 2014 has class

    We would like to thank the Falmouth High School Class of 2014 for the kindness, respect, and dignity they have shown our son, Thomas, who has autism, over the last 13 years. The class has always made sure he has been included in every aspect of school life. They even voted him” Best ...

  • Letter: South Portland can do more

    The Draft Ordinance Committee has it right when it says that the city of South Portland can prevent tar-sands operations through use of its broad home rule authority and general police powers. Portland Pipe Line is wrong when it says that a tar-sands facility is just a state/federal issue....

  • Letter: Stop polluted runoff

    Polluted runoff is harmful to the environment and needs to be stopped. Here are a couple easy steps you can take to sustain water quality.