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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...

  • Letter: Brunswick grandmother for Obama

    As a grandmother I worry about my grandchildren’s future. That’s why I’m voting to re-elect President Obama. President Obama’s policies take the long-term perspective. He doesn’t look for short-term fixes that will fail in the long term even if that means losing poli...

  • Letter: Put a SEAL in the state Senate

    It occurs to me that since the world was made safer by the removal of Bin Laden by our Navy SEALS, there ought to be a parallel between that super job of defending us from terrorists and the election of a state senator in District 11, which covers the towns of Falmouth, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, ...

  • The View From Away: Portland has a sign language all its own

    I always wanted to live on a lake, thanks to memories of visiting my grandparents’ cottage in northern Michigan. My first sight was the lake, a sheet of glass with a mist hovering a few feet above. It was like waking up in an enchanted forest – on a backbreaking surplus Marine ...

  • The Universal Notebook: William James can take Ayn Rand any day

    While vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan was reading Ayn Rand, I was reading William James. Well, not at the same time, but just as Ryan’s young mind was receptive to and formed by Rand’s absolutist philosophy of self-interest, James’ New England philosophy of rad...

  • Forecaster Forum: Are Falmouth's rules for all or none?

    During a Falmouth Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, the topic of a significant commercial sign on Route 1 that was built in violation of existing town ordinances was discussed. Specifically, the owner of the sign requested that the Town Council change the rules to comply with the no...

  • Forecaster Forum: Council shows 'malice,' makes doing business too hard in Falmouth

    On Monday, Aug. 27, Councilor Chris Orestis and the Falmouth Town Council held a public meeting to review a zoning amendment regarding “Property Identification Signs.” It should be noted here that this council item was a town-wide policy issue, as it was an amendment that ap...

  • No Sugar Added: The dating 'situation'

    Something is amiss in the wonderful world of mid-life dating. It seems more and more often, friends and acquaintances refer to a dating connection as a “situation.” As in, “the Greg situation,” or “the Enrique situation,” or – if it’s un...

  • The Universal Notebook: The GOP's 3 R's: Romney, Ryan, Rand

    We all embody contradictionsm I suppose, but Mitt Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan,R-Wisconsin, is one big nasty knot of self-negating nonsense. You think I’m exaggerating? Ryan, the buff busker for budget busting, is a wild-eyed prophet of smaller government, raging...