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Opinion

  • Letter: Brunswick Explorer provides benefits

    Regarding Fred Blanchard’s letter (“Trolley folly in Brunswick”), does he really believe that other modes of transportation pay for themselves? Public buses like the Brunswick Explorer, along with trains, ferries, airports and roads, are all transportation options provide...

  • Letter: Proud to agree with Beem

    Edgar Allen Beem seems to get a lot of flak so I’d like to say that I enjoy reading his column (and I would bet all his naysayers do as well) and agree with every word he says. The gentleman who wrote to debate Beem on progressive taxation I believe misses the point: of course the su...

  • Letter: Same-day voter registration works

    Despite conservatives' claims to the contrary (after so many years), same-day voter registration has worked pretty well. It seems these extremists are devoting an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and money to kill this right and our democracy. David Str...

  • To our readers: Early deadline for letters

    Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 5, the deadline for letters to the editor for next week's editions of The Forecaster is noon this Friday, Sept. 2. Letters should be emailed to editor@theforecaster.ne...

  • The Universal Notebook: Surviving the coming economic collapse

    Lately, rumors of a coming economic collapse, something far worse than 2008, have been creeping in around the edges of my life like the stench of something dead in the basement. And like the rotting corpse of something the cat dragged in, I’d like to be rid of it, but I don’t really w...

  • No Sugar Added: Any port, or garden, in a storm

    There’s nothing like a little hurricane to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the level-headed from the crazy. Being a woman who finds little reason to follow the weather (I prefer to open my eyes in the morning and allow mother nature to surprise me), I am...

  • Forecaster Forum: Mainers can handle voter registration changes

    You’re not smart enough to vote. Based on their rhetoric over the past few weeks, that seems to be what the Maine People’s Alliance and other fringe left-wing groups think of you. They’re pouring a huge amount of money and resources into a campaign to force a people&rsquo... 9

  • Letter: Facts refute Beem, with 1 exception

    Edgar Allen Beem complained recently that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” (whatever that is) of taxes. He is simply wrong on the facts. Based on the most recent full-year tax analysis available (2008), IRS data indicates that taxpayers in the top 1 percent of adjust... 2

  • Letter: School quality motivates Portland parents

    As teachers in one of Portland's most diverse schools, we were alarmed by the article in The Forecaster of Aug. 24 that claimed that “Students tend to flee city's most diverse schools.” Writer Emily Parkhurst implies that Portland is experiencing "white flight." Yet the pie charts in...

  • Letter: Beem uses too wide a brush on colleges

    I was pleased to see several favorable letters regarding Edgar Allen Beem’s column, as they reflected my usual reaction to his ideas and opinion. But alas, when I read “Education for Suckers" I was reminded how easy it is for even articulate and informed columnists to succumb to their... 3