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Opinion

  • Letter: Falmouth finishes successful budget process

    In a public meeting April 10, the Falmouth Town Council completed the budget process for fiscal 2015. The budget presentations made by the town manager and the School Board demonstrated once again what a well-run town Falmouth truly is. It is important to recognize the hard work and dedication to...

  • Letter: Help keep Harpswell clean, and safe

    To the person who drinks 18-ounce Budweiser beers, puts the cap back on, and throws them out on Cundy’s Harbor Road: In the last two weeks, on a half-mile stretch of Cundy’s Harbor Road, I have picked up at least 50 empty beer bottles with the lids on. (This is in addition to s...

  • Letter: Scarborough should resist casino 'propaganda'

    Let’s clear up some myths and look a little deeper than just the hype about a casino. The biggest myth is that a casino in Scarborough will save harness racing, yet after injecting nearly $80 million into the Maine harness racing industry in recent years, it continues to fail. How wi...

  • The View From Away: Re-imagining USM will take more than reversing cuts

    The news that officials will reverse some proposed cuts to the University of Southern Maine budget is a mixed blessing. It is a blessing in that it would be a mistake to balance the university’s budget disproportionately on the back of arts and humanities programs that, while more ch...

  • The Right View: Sympathy for a Democrat? You've come to the wrong place

    My first "political memory," if you will, is of eavesdropping in the hallway as a child. I was listening to my family just shred Jimmy Carter on election night, and I felt sorry for him. It was 1976. I was 7 years old, and it was the last time I ever had any sympathy for a Democrat.

  • Editor's Notebook: A new view from the Right, fresh eyes on the Mid-Coast

    The world we live in, and the news and opinions that help shape that world, never stop changing. The business of news constantly changes, too. We're always trying to fine-tune the product we present to our readers and advertisers. This week, I'm happy to introduce the latest change ...

  • Forecaster Forum: USM finances shouldn't be lampooned, cannot be ignored

    I was sorry to read Mike Langworthy's unnecessarily sarcastic column regarding the challenges of putting the University of Southern Maine on a sound and sustainable footing (

  • The Universal Notebook: A soldier's defense

    When I first met my friend Don Snyder in 1978, he was just getting started on the investigation and writing that resulted in "A Soldier’s Disgrace," a 1987 book about his attempt to exonerate Maj. Ronald Alley, a Bar Harbor native who was a prisoner of war in Korea for three years and then ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: CEOs spend a day as Portland principals

    Christopher Claudio will take off time from his job as chief executive officer of Winxnet, a Portland-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm, to spend a day as the “principal” of King Middle School. Claudio is one of 17 leaders of local businesses and nonprofit groups who are...

  • Letter: Portland dog owners must be vigilant about Baxter Woods

    Many thanks to The Forecaster for its front-page coverage of the possible leash law change in Baxter Woods. Those who walk their dogs in that wonderful space have heard those rumors for months. As stated in the article, dogs have been allowed off the leash in Baxter Woods for over 70 years...