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Opinion

  • The Universal Notebook: Two Maines, two brains?

    When one of the callers to John McDonald’s Sunday morning talk show on WGAN noted that the difference in the November election was not so much between northern and southern Maine as it was between rural and urban Maine, McDonald asked me why I thought urban areas were more liberal than rura...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith fails to back up her claims

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s The Right View column, “Numbers don’t lie, but Democrats do,” I hope only interrupts, rather...

  • Letter: Taking issue with Beem's portrayal of LePage backers

    One can't help but wonder how many of The Forecaster's advertisers qualify for Edgar Allen Beem's characterization as a "slob" – that is, one for whom Gov. Paul LePage was the preferred choice in the recent election. Lucky for the publisher, the paper doesn't deal in paid subscriptio...

  • Letter: Maine voters got it right on Nov. 4.

    I don't think that Mainers feel insulted or abused except by liberals. Maine had the highest percent of registered voters who voted this November, showing their interest was high. I think Mainers do want less government. I think Mainers understand that to have a more perfect union, justice, domes...

  • Early deadline for Thanksgiving-week letters

    Deadlines for The Forecaster next week are earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 27. Letters to the editor must be received by noon this Friday, Nov. 21, to be published in our Nov. 26, 27 and 28 editions.

  • The Universal Notebook: Support your local library

    You can tell almost everything you need to know about a town by looking at its public schools and its public library. Towns that invest in education and literacy are great places to live. Towns that don’t aren’t. I was pleased to see that the library referendums in Cape Elizabe...

  • Abby's Road: Worry is as worry does

    As talents go, the ability to imagine the worst probably ranks somewhere above posting a selfie, but decidedly below walking without tripping. Fine. Sprinkle those grains of salt on top of the following: If BuzzFeed ever publishes a list of the top 17 worry-warts who live in a state that u...

  • Short Relief: Portland media haze masks Maine election reality

    I was among those surprised by the Nov. 4 election results. The conventional wisdom made sense to me. I expected it to be close. I thought that the most likely outcome was a narrow Mike Michaud victory. That Gov. Paul LePage had a hard ceiling of around 38 percent, or about what he receive...

  • Letter: Columns show how not to prevent bullying

    I have to thank Julie McDonald-Smith for the lesson I took from her two recent columns. I realized that bullies are created when instead of teaching our children tolerance, compassion, and respect for difference, we model the us-them attitude that rises from fear – an attitude that can only...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Opportunities for parents to partner in education

    Families are our partners. They are their children’s first and most influential educators. At the Portland Public Schools, we believe that by working together with families, we ensure success for all students. This fall, we have launched several new initiatives to make it easier for ...