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    August 6, 2020

    Maine Bicentennial: Gorham

    In commemoration of Maine’s bicentennial this year, the American Journal is featuring historical highlights from our communities’ past 200 years. This feature can be found in print and online every other week.

  • Published
    August 5, 2020

    Windham’s Dundee Park closed to water activity

    WINDHAM — Dundee Park has been temporarily closed to swimming and other water activities after high counts of E. coli bacteria were detected. The closure will remain in effect until ongoing tests show the water is safe again, the town said.    

  • Published
    July 27, 2020

    Letter: Founding fathers knew change would be necessary

    I am extremely disappointed with Edgar Allen Beem’s remarks in his July 17 article, “America makes a correction.” His comments highlight a fundamental difference I have when assessing and commenting on the founders and our U.S. Constitution. Mr. Beem says: “All of the founding fathers were racists and sexists, otherwise Black citizens and women wouldn’t […]

  • Published
    July 23, 2020

    Maine Bicentennial: Westbrook

    James Winslow, the first Quaker in what is now the greater Portland area, built the house in 1748. The first school in Westbrook was held at the Winslow house in 1794 and the teacher was also a Quaker, historians say. In 1830, a great-granddaughter of Winslow, Sarah Winslow, married a farmer, Benjamin Boody, and the […]

  • Published
    July 16, 2020

    Letter: State needs fast action to ensure easy, safe voter registration, balloting

    Maine should not suppress the vote through the lack of online voter registration, long lines at the polls and a reduced number of polling places. We have learned from Dr. Shah of the Maine CDC that there are many unknowns regarding the effects of COVID-19 on Election Day in November. In light of the recent […]

  • Published
    July 14, 2020

    Letter: Balentine’s BLM column outrageous, inappropriate

    Are you kidding me? Not funny. Actually I was horrified to read John Balentine’s opinion last week (“BLM mural sends the wrong message,” July 8) While Portland may try its best to be a “peace-loving, live and let live” place, there is racism here.  Outrage is what we need, and I found it very outrageous […]

  • Published
    July 14, 2020

    Letter: Balentine displays clear lack of understanding about BLM

    In John Balentine’s July 8 column (“BLM mural sends the wrong message”) dismissing the proposed BLM mural on Portland’s Congress Street, he made a number of egregious errors that displayed a clear lack of understanding of the message behind the currrent movement. Here are a few examples to help him realize that maybe the “garish […]

  • Published
    July 6, 2020

    Maine Bicentennial: Buxton

      In commemoration of Maine’s bicentennial this year, the American Journal is featuring historical highlights from our communities’ past 200 years. This feature can be found in print and online every other week.  

  • Published
    July 2, 2020

    Letter: Library’s Board of Regent responsible for conflict, dysfunction, not the staff

    After reading the article regarding the Walker Memorial Library (“City abolishes library Board of Regents over ‘dysfunction,’” June 18) I felt compelled to write. I understand that there has been dysfunction at the library for years, a power struggle between the Board of Regents and every director, which has never been dealt with in a […]

  • Published
    July 2, 2020

    Letter: Still no answer to society/policing conflict 21 years later

    America is coming up on 250 years as a nation. Most Americans can’t feel good, right now, about this anniversary. I was imprinted by my father (my G.O.A.T.), who was race blind. Of course, I can’t be sure how he came to be that way. He was a  New Hampshire kid but he had spent […]

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