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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'American Sniper' hits the wrong target

    "American Sniper" is a powerfully dramatic film. It features a timely and riveting story and compelling performances that have made it a box office smash. I saw it in a packed movie theater the weekend it opened. When the movie ended and the lights came up, many in the audience had tears i...

  • The Right View: Maine DHHS correct to challenge Obamacare ruling

    Last week the LePage administration submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of a lower court in the case of Mayhew v. Burwell. Commissioner Mary Mayhew of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement: “For the LePa...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Black history is a continuing legacy

    February is Black History Month, a time when we reflect on and celebrate how the contributions of African-Americans have helped make our country great. Most people are familiar with leaders like Frederick Douglass, the renowned anti-slavery writer and orator, and the great Civil Rights lea...

  • Letter: Beem misses the mark on land conservation

    As someone who has dedicated his career to land conservation, I take issue with Edgar Allen Beem’s Universal Notebook column, “Dict...

  • Letter: The case for ranked choice voting

    As I collected signatures in sub-freezing weather at our town dump it became obvious that folks needed to become convinced that ranked choice voting is superior to the time-honored current system. RCV is a voting method that allows one to rank the candidates if there are more than two. The...

  • Letter: Maine DEP fails to act on phthalates

    Last year I joined with over 2,000 Mainers and signed a petition to spur action on a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. The petition called for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to require manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain phthalates ...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith is wrong about UNESCO

    Many online commenters took issue with Julie McDonald-Smith’s linking Common Core State Standards to UNESCO. McDonald-Smith rebutted those comments by suggesting that Microsoft’s Bill Gates’ involvement with both is a sufficient link to cause concern, because in her opinion UNES...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'The will to win is the only thing'

    Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi is everywhere quoted incorrectly as having uttered the immortal words, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Actually, those word were originally spoken by UCLA Bruins football coach Red Sanders. L...