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Opinion

  • Letter: Bears, hunters, deserve better from Maine

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife falsely characterizes the consequences of prohibiting the grotesque practices of bear baiting, trapping, and hounding. The experience of other states that have prohibited baiting and hounding suggests a far different outcome. States suc...

  • Forecaster Forum: 'Clear Skies' means slow-motion dismantling of South Portland's working waterfront

    No one will argue that responsible clean air regulations are essential for protecting Maine’s beautiful environment. But South Portland’s Draft Ordinance Committee  transformed a well-intentioned environmental effort into something else entirely, with serious repercussions for th...

  • Forecaster Forum: South Portland just another page out of oil industry tar sands playbook

    Last week, the South Portland Community Center was packed with nearly 500 people, the vast majority of whom live in South Portland and were there in support of the "Clear Skies Ordinance," a new law that will protect the community from tar sands. The room was packed because tar sands is a ...

  • The Universal Notebook: We are all illegal immigrants

    So President Barack Obama has finally decided to bypass Congress and enact sweeping immigration reforms himself. It's about time. House Republicans long ago forfeited the right to be considered anything other than obstructionist ideologues. They care more about winning than they do about s...

  • The Right View: Teach your children what it means to be an American

    On the occasion of America’s 238th birthday, I find myself wondering about our current state of affairs, and how we got here. I think I may have an idea. To the parents and grandparents out there, I ask this: Sit down with your children or grandchildren, and quiz them on the Constitu...

  • Policy Wonk: Income inequality risks our economic future

    The gap between the rich and poor in Maine and the nation is large, long-standing, and growing. It is not a temporary phenomena borne of the recent recession that will self-correct as a slow-moving recovery unfolds. On the contrary, this gap goes back 150 years. It is rooted in the ...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith's column provides balance

    How refreshing to see "The Right View" by Julie McDonald-Smith after being subjected to years of Edgar Allen Beem's left-winged bombastic barrages. What I would have given to have been present at the meeting of the hierarchy when it was decided to give The Forecaster some semblance of poli...

  • Letter: Missing SNAP at South Portland Farmers Market

    We all know the importance of good nutrition, and we all know that low-income folks find it especially challenging to afford items like fresh vegetables. On a recent trip to the South Portland Farmers Market, I was very disappointed to discover that the market still does not accept SNAP (c...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith column lacks logic, knowledge

    Julie McDonald-Smith's recent column ("The Right View: Obama’s lawlessness shocking on its face") was a spectacular exercise ...

  • Letter: It's incorrect for columnist to blame Obama

    It is interesting that an alarmist like Julie McDonald-Smith has suggested that President Obama might face impeachment for his “errant executive behavior.” However, if you carefully analyze the reasons listed in her column in the June 27 issue of The Forecaster, you must conclude that...