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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Gideon for House District 106

    I am writing in support of Sara Gideon for District 106 state representative. I have had the pleasure of working with Sara for the past two years on the Freeport Town Council.

  • Letter: Freeport Democrats should back Gideon

    When we moved to Freeport eight years ago, Sara Gideon became one of our family’s first friends, introducing us to the richness of the Freeport community. As a friend, I admire her deep character: She is generous, passionate, dependable, fair, and committed to her values. Sara knows peopl...

  • Letter: Ginn family responds to Cape Elizabeth complaints

    As the family of the recently deceased David B. Ginn of the Sea Barn Road rentals, we feel that we can no longer allow our neighbors and the media to defame our loved one's name and homestead. Over the last several months, the renting of our home has been under intense scrutiny by our neig...

  • Letter: Asylum-seekers create strain on Portland

    I was puzzled by the city manager stating that Portland taxpayers must deal with increased demand from indigent asylum seekers. Why? Tax-exempt religious organizations take people from poor and violent countries and bring them here because they have suffered trauma and abuse. This qualifie... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: Stop watering the seeds of violence

    Americans love violence. We love stock car races and their inevitable crashes. We love football and its inevitable big hits. We love hunting and hockey and fights, guns, murders, and wars. Of course, most of us don’t take part in this mayhem. We are just spectators, remote yet rivete... 7

  • Letter: Farber for Falmouth town councilor

    I wholeheartedly endorse Karen Farber for Falmouth Town Council. Karen and I served on the Falmouth School Board together for six years, and I can vouch for her dedication, leadership ability and tenacity. Karen approached each issue we considered with an open mind and a ton of questions. ...

  • The View From Away: There's no avoiding the generation gape

    Now that my son Bobby has one foot and most of his body out the door, I feel a great urgency to impart all my wisdom. What a joke. A letter full of my wisdom? A postcard, maybe. Plus, he’s already years ahead of me at his age, so he probably sits there reading the letter saying, &ldq...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland students gain global perspective

    Portland's public schools are unique in Maine for having such a wide variety of cultures represented by our students and staff. Thirty percent of our students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken. Few school districts of our size anywhere in the United States can c...