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Opinion

  • Short Relief: Humanity made Mandela different from us

    As the world gathered to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela, I thought about how I first became aware of him. In the late 1970s, one of the hottest topics on my college campus was divestiture. Some of my classmates wanted our trustees to divest our school’s investments in compani...

  • The Universal Notebook: A holiday exhortation

    The ethical and moral dilemmas of being part of a materialistic, consumer society surely occur to all of us to some degree, especially during the holiday season. As affluent Americans we are all complicit in an economy that has unintended consequences for those less fortunate and those left out.

  • The View From Away: There's a vacancy at the 'Hotel California'

    After several weeks of consulting on a couple of television series in California, it's good to be back in Maine for Christmas. The consulting itself was tremendous. One of television’s best-known directors, Jamie Widdoes (you may remember him as Hoover, the fraternity president in &l...

  • Editor's Notebook: A few (hundred) of my favorite things

    'Tis the season. For Top 10 lists. We're all too familiar with them: Stories that news organizations pull together at the end of the year because a) there's little real news happening around the Christmas and New Year holidays, b) half the staff is on vacation and listicles can take up cop...

  • Letter: Portland school chief took China's bait

    I must respond to Portland Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk’s recent Superintendent's Notebook column about his visit to Chinese public schools (

  • Letter: HolidayFest is South Portland at its best

    Friday, Dec. 6, marked yet another Mill Creek HolidayFest tree lighting celebration. The park glowed with song and fun as horse-drawn carriages circled the streets and the smell of hot dogs, popcorn, and hot cocoa filled the night air. The voices of the high school and middle school chorus studen...

  • Holiday deadlines

    Because of the Christmas and New Year holidays, The Forecaster has early deadlines the next two weeks for letters to the editor. Letters must be received by noon, Friday, Dec. 20, for publication in our Dec. 25-27 editions, and by noon Friday, Dec. 27, for our Jan. 1-3, 2014, editions.

  • Letter: Pipeline owner shouldn't sit on South Portland panel

    I was raised in mid-coast Maine, but South Portland has been my home for the past 10 years. It’s nice to be a short ride to work in Portland and nicer to come home and take my dog for long walks on Willard Beach and at Bug Light Park. Like most people, I’m generally aware on political...

  • Abby's Road: The power of decency

    When bad things happen, I do not believe in asking why. To ask why implies there could be a reason, and to imply a reason is to insinuate a justification. There is no logic to tragedy, no moral to a story of random violence, no lesson learned from witnessing evil. How cunning life i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The case for universal disarmament

    A year ago I was advocating for universal background checks for gun purchasers and a ban on assault weapons, but I have come to realize that our political leaders lack the courage to pass such laws. So rather than advocate for any for any further gun control laws, I have decided to simply ...