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  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...

  • The Right View: Economics is a matter of right vs. left

    While out driving last week, I caught a bit of the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. A gentleman had called in making the case that while many of us are out here in the media shouting about right-this and left-that, he was just trying to work and survive. While we are all discussing soc...

  • Letter: No votes wasted with ranked-choice voting

    Having lived in Ireland for two years and watched how ranked-choice voting works in reality, I support the initiative to bring it to Maine. It is truly a much more equitable representational system than the increasingly corrupt, inefficient and destructive voting system currently in place.

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: No time for swimsuits, and other cold thoughts

    My brain is frozen and my fingers ache. So with today’s wind chill of 10 below zero I can only muster short bursts of coherent thought presented in the form of an unreasonable buffet: • Something that drives me absolutely, break-the-steering wheel crazy is parents who pull up to...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'American Sniper' hits the wrong target

    "American Sniper" is a powerfully dramatic film. It features a timely and riveting story and compelling performances that have made it a box office smash. I saw it in a packed movie theater the weekend it opened. When the movie ended and the lights came up, many in the audience had tears i...

  • The Right View: Maine DHHS correct to challenge Obamacare ruling

    Last week the LePage administration submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of a lower court in the case of Mayhew v. Burwell. Commissioner Mary Mayhew of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement: “For the LePa...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Black history is a continuing legacy

    February is Black History Month, a time when we reflect on and celebrate how the contributions of African-Americans have helped make our country great. Most people are familiar with leaders like Frederick Douglass, the renowned anti-slavery writer and orator, and the great Civil Rights lea...

  • Letter: Beem misses the mark on land conservation

    As someone who has dedicated his career to land conservation, I take issue with Edgar Allen Beem’s Universal Notebook column, “Dict...

  • Letter: The case for ranked choice voting

    As I collected signatures in sub-freezing weather at our town dump it became obvious that folks needed to become convinced that ranked choice voting is superior to the time-honored current system. RCV is a voting method that allows one to rank the candidates if there are more than two. 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 ...