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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • Letter: Columnist may be her own worst enemy

    I heartily support Julie McDonald-Smith’s call to teach more civics, to understand what it means to be an American. We need wider understanding of the Founding Fathers' intent when they edited out any relief for slaves from their drafts of the Constitution. We need to know more about how ma...

  • Letter: Congress Square Park can be great

    The office where I work is in the State Theatre building, six floors above Congress Square Park. I eat lunch in the park almost every day (usually at the delicious Small Axe food truck). Enjoying good food, running into friends, soaking up the beautiful summer weather, these are the things I love...

  • Letter: More to history than McDonald-Smith suggests

    Julie McDonald-Smith, the Cumberland County Anne Coulter clone, has a knack for pinning a "Kick Me" placard on her back every time she posts her column. In her latest screed she invokes parents and grandparents to have some after-dinner chats about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fed...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting the Raise for GRACE

    On a fine morning in June, we came together as a community, decked out in hairnets and gloves, to help put an end to hunger. With one in four Maine kids going hungry, we needed to take action. Thanks to the more than 125 friends and neighbors, including a couple dozen very enthusiastic kids, just...

  • Letter: Bears, hunters, deserve better from Maine

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife falsely characterizes the consequences of prohibiting the grotesque practices of bear baiting, trapping, and hounding. The experience of other states that have prohibited baiting and hounding suggests a far different outcome. States suc...

  • Forecaster Forum: 'Clear Skies' means slow-motion dismantling of South Portland's working waterfront

    No one will argue that responsible clean air regulations are essential for protecting Maine’s beautiful environment. But South Portland’s Draft Ordinance Committee  transformed a well-intentioned environmental effort into something else entirely, with serious repercussions for th...

  • Forecaster Forum: South Portland just another page out of oil industry tar sands playbook

    Last week, the South Portland Community Center was packed with nearly 500 people, the vast majority of whom live in South Portland and were there in support of the "Clear Skies Ordinance," a new law that will protect the community from tar sands. The room was packed because tar sands is a ...

  • The Universal Notebook: We are all illegal immigrants

    So President Barack Obama has finally decided to bypass Congress and enact sweeping immigration reforms himself. It's about time. House Republicans long ago forfeited the right to be considered anything other than obstructionist ideologues. They care more about winning than they do about s...