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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: Maine DEP fails to act on phthalates

    Last year I joined with over 2,000 Mainers and signed a petition to spur action on a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. The petition called for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to require manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain phthalates ...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith is wrong about UNESCO

    Many online commenters took issue with Julie McDonald-Smith’s linking Common Core State Standards to UNESCO. McDonald-Smith rebutted those comments by suggesting that Microsoft’s Bill Gates’ involvement with both is a sufficient link to cause concern, because in her opinion UNES...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'The will to win is the only thing'

    Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi is everywhere quoted incorrectly as having uttered the immortal words, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Actually, those word were originally spoken by UCLA Bruins football coach Red Sanders. L...

  • 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 ...