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  • Editor's Notebook: Twenty-two words, and 553 writers, to appreciate from 2014

    I don't usually have time to trade emails or chat with every reader who writes a letter to the editor. I'll write or call to confirm letters, but beyond that, unless a letter needs clarification, or if the writer asks a question about our policies for publishing letters, I don't usually fo...

  • The Right View: This Christmas, say a little prayer for us

    For me, Christmas is a time of reflection. A time to take stock of the year past, and things I’d like to see changed going forward. Nothing as schlocky as your typical New Year’s resolution, but rather, a refocusing on my family, and pondering what is happening to us as a nation. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Season's greetings and other political corrections

    Season’s Greetings, dear readers in Forecasterland, (& various others appended by ampersand). We wish holiday cheer and a glorious year end To citizens public & private, old foe & good friend. Bonne Année, Messrs. LePage et Michaud, (Whi...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Is Maine really the greatest place?

    Is Maine the greatest state in the country? Is America the greatest country? In its debut episode a few years ago, the television show "The Newsroom," written by Aaron Sorkin, featured an opening scene where a fictional cable TV news anchor played by Jeff Daniels is asked by a college stud...

  • Abby's Road: My hope for happiness

    She ran with a soft smile on her face, her footfalls quiet, her toes pointed. Every third step, she leaped off the ground, raising her hands above her head and extending her fingers with a dancer’s grace. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, her cadence seemed to be putting her i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The fine-art confidence game

    A Portland art gallery has the local art scene buzzing over the propriety of charging artists to exhibit their work. That battle was fought and largely won by the Union of Maine Visual Artists back in the 1980s, when artist-activist Carlo Pittore led the charge against museums and gallerie...

  • Policy Wonk: Maine Dems share blame for a long, cold winter

    It always surprises me when large numbers of people vote against their own self-interest. Women who vote for candidates who oppose choice, equal pay for women, child care and preschool programs. Unemployed and low- or middle-income people who vote for candidates who cut taxes for the wealt...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community service makes a great gift

    Holiday-season advertisements focus on all the stuff we can give or receive as gifts. However, you won’t see mention of service to others. Yet community service is a very valuable gift and it’s one that many local businesses, organizations, and individuals bestow on the Portlan...

  • Letter: Falmouth police officer spreads good cheer

    This past Saturday around 6 a.m. I was in the drive-through lane at Dunkin' Donuts on the Gray Road to get a treat for my husband for breakfast. I noticed that the car in front of me was a Falmouth police car. When I got to the window to pay, the cashier told me that the policeman had payed for m...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine Yarmouthians are in great company

    You can’t live in “New” England without being aware of “Old” England and our social, political and organizational links and genealogy to the other side of the great pond. Despite going on 239 years old, America is still quite young when compared with many othe...