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Opinion

  • The Universal Notebook: No sleep until springtime

    This winter a lot of people, myself included, seem to be having trouble sleeping. It’s been years since I had a problem falling asleep. In fact, just the opposite has been the case in recent years. But for a month or more I have been tossing and turning at night, wrestling with the b...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gov. Scrooge strikes again

    Back around Christmas 2011, when Gov. Paul LePage threw 65,000 Maine residents off MaineCare, he drew comparisons in this column and elsewhere to the heartless Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Well, this holiday season, Scrooge LePage struck again. “At this f...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community partnerships enrich Portland students’ education

    Students attending the Portland Public Schools benefit from drawing on the resources of Maine’s largest city. Local businesses, nonprofits and other groups give generously of their time and money to provide learning opportunities for our students. The district partners with more than...

  • Abby's Road: Too much talk takes the fun out of sports

    I grew up in a house full of sports. I wasn’t playing them, but I was watching them, learning them, enjoying them. Three little sisters later, our family became a sports family because of a baby who, at 2 years old, preferred basketballs over baby dolls and, at 4 years old, ran Baxte...

  • Forecaster Forum: Michaud is the progressive candidate who can beat LePage

    As a longtime advocate for equality and a woman’s right to choose, I strongly support U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. Despite recent attempts to distort Michaud’s record on issues like reproductive freedom, equal rights and background checks, I know that Michaud, like so m...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine can thank veterans by easing access to care

    Those who have put country first and risked their lives to protect it deserve support through more than just words alone. We can show them meaningful thanks by finding ways to give back to those who have given so much for us. One critically important way to support our veterans is to make ...

  • Letter: Falmouth library doesn't need adjoining property

    In last week’s Forecaster, Falmouth Memorial Library President Mark Porada said the purchase of the property adjacent to the Falmouth Memorial Library is “key to the library’s expansion.” However, nowhere in the article was there any explanation as to why this property is ...

  • Letter: Falmouth library needs adjoining property

    As a long-time Falmouth resident and Falmouth Memorial Library patron, as well as a former library trustee, I am writing in support of the town moving forward with the purchase of the adjoining Kowalsky property. The past and present facts were laid out very well in last week's Forecaster. The pu...

  • Letter: Maine needs equitable non-resident tax

    Why does our Legislature refuse to address non-resident, income tax equitability when their property taxes are subsidized with our income taxes? It’s accomplished through revenue sharing to the communities and is unconscionable. Maine receives no income or vehicle registration tax re...

  • Letter: Maine should adopt instant runoff voting

    The obvious solution to the progressive dilemma that Edgar Allen Beem refers to is to use a ranked choice (a.k.a. instant runoff) voting system for determining the next governor of Maine. This method was successfully used in the last mayoral election for Portland, and is a very simple process bot...