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Opinion

  • Forecaster Forum: Cumberland's plans go too far for Payson heirs

    As long-time stewards of the Payson property in Cumberland, we write to clarify our position regarding the town of Cumberland’s recent purchase of a portion of the property and its plan to develop a recreational beach facility. The Payson family has encouraged public use on the exist...

  • Letter: SAD 51 has needs greater than turf field

    This is the time of the year when the School Administrative District 51 budget for fiscal year 2016 begins to take shape. Last year’s budget had the highest cost per student of any of our neighboring school districts, almost $15,700. Yet, standardized tests showed that SAD 51 student...

  • Letter: Diaz column never fails to inspire

    Abby’s Road is often the first page I turn to in The Forecaster. Abby Diaz speaks plainly, with thoughtfulness about topics that I find relevant to life, often wrapped in humor. “The Colors of Friendship” was no exception. Thank you, Abby, for sharing the things you have learned...

  • The Universal Notebook: Veto the Keystone frack pipe

    With gasoline now hovering near a mere $2 a gallon, two questions jump immediately to mind. When will President Obama get credit for turning the economy around? Answer: Probably never. And who in the world would think it was a good idea to build the Keystone XL pipeline? Answer: Rep...

  • Abby's Road: The colors of friendship

    The first song I remember learning is the one about making new friends, but keeping the old, one being silver and the other gold. I now appreciate the song’s intent with a depth unavailable to me in preschool. I would add another verse with more colors of the rainbow, though. ...

  • Policy Wonk: With Portland’s Midtown project, less can be more

    The paradoxical phrase "less is more" was coined by the renowned early 20th century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Breaking with "bigger is better" architectural styles of the past, Mies van der Rohe emphasized form, shape, scale, design, use of new cost efficient materials. He argued...

  • Letter: Falmouth shouldn't alter Tidewater Master Plan

    I believe the Falmouth Town Council should respect the award-winning Tidewater Master Plan and delineation of zoning. The plan calls for a delicate balance with small businesses and residential housing sharing a common neighborhood. On July 28, 2014, the council passed sweeping changes to ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Sign of a misspent youth

    “A proficiency at billiards is a sign of a misspent youth” is an old saw often incorrectly attributed to both Mark Twain and English philosopher Herbert Spencer. Spencer did say it, but he maintained that he was simply repeating a comment he heard at the Athenaeum Club in Londo...

  • The Right View: 2015 could be the year of the Maine conservative

    Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2015 than to highlight the bright spots conservatives the state over can hopefully, as well as assuredly, anticipate. We're a year closer to President Obama's exit from our national stage. Thank God. I'm choosing to focus on that, rather than the ...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: We are the new barbarians

    The Roman Empire was a brutal era that featured gladiators who routinely fought slaves, other gladiators and wild animals, usually to the death, while thousands of people cheered. The floor of the Roman Coliseum was a pool of blood by the end of each event. The Romans were sadistic and bar...