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Opinion

  • No Sugar Added: Money talks, but passion talks louder

    “Money makes the world go round.” That sentiment once came out of the mouth of my then 13-year-old son, Harold. To which his sister Ophelia sensitively replied, “That’s love, you idiot. Not money.” It made me smile. It also made me ponder. What ... 1

  • Letter: Cumberland should adopt RR quiet zone

    The Cumberland Town Council recently decided to take a “wait-and-see” approach in their decision to pursue a quiet zone at three rail crossings due to the anticipated impact of the Amtrak Downeaster passing though these crossings at 60 mph. It came to this decision even after seeing a...

  • The Universal Notebook: Standing tall against tar sands

    Back in August I was pleased to hear that Aylie Baker had been arrested. Finally, an idealistic, young, local person had had the moral courage to stand up against the forces that are destroying this country and this planet. Baker is a Yarmouth High School graduate. To the extent tha...

  • Holiday deadline for letters

    Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there is an early deadline for letters to the editor intended for publication in next week's editions of The Forecaster. Letters should be emailed to editor@theforecaster.net n...

  • Letter: Energy petition gets warm response in Cumberland

    My wife Sally and I spent the morning of Election Day at the polls in Cumberland gathering signatures for a citizen’s initiative to increase the proportion of Maine’s energy use derived from renewable sources – such as solar, hydro power, and wind – to 20 percent by t... 5

  • Letter: Egan thanks Freeport voters, Migliaccio

    I want to thank the voters of Freeport’s District 3 for their support. I had a terrific experience over the course of the Town Council race, meeting residents in their homes and at the Post Office and hearing many great ideas on how to make Freeport even better. I thank everyone for shari...

  • The Universal Notebook: Smart ALEC, LePage and the unconstitutional right

    Gov. Paul LePage has now proposed mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. Unless he thinks needing financial assistance is reason enough to suspect illegal drug use, he ought to understand that what he is proposing is very likely unconstitutional. Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed an... 16

  • The View from Away: Parenting is a dish best served at team dinner

    The soccer season ended recently, marking the start of the constantly-asking-your-mother-when-the-team-banquet-is season. Elizabeth was the manager of the girls’ varsity soccer team for Portland High School. Carol and I made sure to attend practices and games, both to give her moral...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine shouldn't favor small schools over large, or rural over urban

    School funding in Maine has changed, and its impact does not bode well for students in most larger schools districts across the state. You may remember that one issue that was quickly pushed through the Legislature was a bill sponsored by Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry: An Act to Res...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrate Turkey Day with a Portland football tradition

    Anyone who grew up in Portland, as I did, knows that Thanksgiving means more than a family celebration with turkey and the trimmings. Every Thanksgiving, the Portland High School and Deering High School football teams face off in the Turkey Day game. Growing up on Oxford Street, I remembe...