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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • The Universal Notebook: Support your local library

    You can tell almost everything you need to know about a town by looking at its public schools and its public library. Towns that invest in education and literacy are great places to live. Towns that don’t aren’t. I was pleased to see that the library referendums in Cape Elizabe...

  • Abby's Road: Worry is as worry does

    As talents go, the ability to imagine the worst probably ranks somewhere above posting a selfie, but decidedly below walking without tripping. Fine. Sprinkle those grains of salt on top of the following: If BuzzFeed ever publishes a list of the top 17 worry-warts who live in a state that u...

  • Short Relief: Portland media haze masks Maine election reality

    I was among those surprised by the Nov. 4 election results. The conventional wisdom made sense to me. I expected it to be close. I thought that the most likely outcome was a narrow Mike Michaud victory. That Gov. Paul LePage had a hard ceiling of around 38 percent, or about what he receive...

  • Letter: Columns show how not to prevent bullying

    I have to thank Julie McDonald-Smith for the lesson I took from her two recent columns. I realized that bullies are created when instead of teaching our children tolerance, compassion, and respect for difference, we model the us-them attitude that rises from fear – an attitude that can only...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Opportunities for parents to partner in education

    Families are our partners. They are their children’s first and most influential educators. At the Portland Public Schools, we believe that by working together with families, we ensure success for all students. This fall, we have launched several new initiatives to make it easier for ...

  • Letter: Finding nuggets of common ground with Beem

    I read Edgar Allen Beem's "Sour grapes" column ("The Universal Notebook: Sour grapes? Sore loser? Not me") and found some p...

  • Letter: McCreight promises to listen, learn in Augusta

    I write to express my sincere thanks to the voters of House District 51 (Harpswell, West Bath, East Brunswick) for electing me as your representative to the Maine House. I am humbled by the support I received and the trust you have placed in me. I am truly grateful for our democratic process and ...

  • Letter: Cumberland decision a good deal for developer

    I would like to congratulate the future developer of the Payson property at 179 Foreside Road, Cumberland, for the victory on the Nov. 4 ballot. The citizens of Cumberland will now spend $4.8 million ($3 million plus interest) for 1 1/2 fragile miles of hiking trails, a price set by the appraiser...