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Opinion

  • The Universal Notebook: Worried about wireless?

    This summer I had the opportunity to spend several weeks researching the contentious issues surrounding the wireless "smart" meters that Central Maine Power is installing all over its coverage area. Often I already have an opinion on a subject when I begin researching it, but in the case o... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: In memory of 'The Mike-arazzi': Check up, or check out

    We lost a friend and valued member of The Forecaster extended family this week. For the last five years, the work of freelance photographer Michael Barriault has been a regular part of the newspaper. But on Sunday, Michael died after an all-too-brief battle against cancer. Michael c... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Come on, Bub, move it!

    Are you as sick and tired as I am of all the road construction projects and resultant traffic tie-ups around greater Portland this summer? You’re trying to get somewhere and all these other stupid motorists are in your way. What are they doing on your road anyway, right? Don’t ... 3

  • The View From Away: If he's trying to hurt me, it's working

    It’s only now, when it’s too late, that I can see it all clearly. Your son comes into your life, makes you think he needs you, makes you think you’re important and then, step by step he takes it all away. Sometimes literally step by step. I just get used to him being a b...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A plan for Portland's future

    Many of us have been involved in strategic planning initiatives. Private industry, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and schools across the country work tirelessly on such plans. The attitudes of those asked to write the plans range from enthusiasm to dread. As you migh...

  • Forecaster Forum: Wentworth school project will strengthen Scarborough

    After reading last week's Forum by Jeffrey Messer, I would like to give the voters of Scarborough the correct information regarding the proposed Wentworth Intermediate School replacement project. As a practicing architectural designer for 13 years, I understand all aspects of schematic des... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth school reflects community

    I had the great fortune to be one of the almost 300 people to attend the dedication ceremony of Falmouth's new elementary school. It was a perfect day to officially open the doors and welcome our community inside to share in what we all built together. Our school is an achievement in it's ... 1

  • Letter: Peoples' veto raises questions

    This November's ballot will include a question to repeal LD 1376, the law that ends Election Day voter registration, so municipal clerks may focus their energy on the election and also afford them adequate time to verify applicants' qualifications. In addition, it requires registrars to accept re... 5

  • Letter: Beem practices 'Apologetics'

    Edgar Allen Beem attributes our "economic hole" to Republican "deficit spending, needless wars" and corporate tax breaks. But since January 2009, the national debt and unemployment rate tripled, and the budget deficit quadrupled, via various bailouts, an unwanted health care act, another ... 2

  • Letter: Power shortage for Portland mayor

    In the recent story by Randy Billings about the candidates for Portland mayor he misses the most important detail about the new mayor's "power" of vetoing the city budget. That is not that it can be overturned by six city councilors, but that it first takes seven councilors to pass the budget.