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Opinion

  • Superintendent's Notebook: From civil rights to plate tectonics: A week in the life of Portland’s schools

    Learning takes place in hundreds of ways each day in the classrooms of the Portland Public Schools. Sometimes, it’s loud and exuberant. Other times, children quietly calculate equations, sketch a still life, edit an essay. Our teachers create the conditions for learning and nudge i...

  • Letter: HolidayFest a success in South Portland

    More than 1,500 people came to South Portland's Mill Creek Park on Dec. 2 to kick off the festive season, making HolidayFest 2011 a huge success. In the park, people enjoyed the sounds of holiday carols performed by the South Portland High School and Middle School choruses; horse-drawn carriage ...

  • Letter: Falmouth church prepares for future

    On behalf of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, I wish to thank The Forecaster for its coverage of the church’s renovation plans in the Dec. 15 edition. We would like to take the opportunity to provide an important correction: The work will increase the Parish House space ...

  • Letter: Sad season for SAD 51 parent

    My family is steeped in the Greely tradition; my children are the third generation to attend Greely High School. I was very disappointed to discover that one entire week in late October was devoted to the celebration of gay, lesbian and trans-sexual lifestyles at the high school. A movie was sh... 5

  • Letter: Column understates cost of rail construction

    Tony Donovan’s Dec. 7 op-ed on light rail cost per mile versus highway cost miles is misleading. He states that to build a mile of light (passenger) rail costs the same... 2

  • Editorial: The irony of OccupyMaine, Portland and the 1st Amendment

    Irony was probably not what the city of Portland had in mind when it gave OccupyMaine until Thursday, Dec. 15, to either challenge or acquiesce to an order to vacate Lincoln Park. But talk about ironic: Dec. 15 is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment and Bill of...

  • Letter: Parents need info on standards-based grades

    Emily Parkhurst reported that Portland schools may move away from traditional grade levels and grades. In a standards-based grading system, there are many standards for each subject. Each standard is graded separately on a 1-to-4 scale. Students must reach level 3 (or proficient) before...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just call him Gov. Scrooge

    When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to drop 65,000 Maine citizens from the rolls of MaineCare last week in order to close a projected $221 million Department of Health and Human Services deficit, one of the online comments called the bad news LePage’s “Christmas card to the 99 per... 15

  • The View From Away: Don't sweat the big stuff

    Lately, I find myself being annoyed by little things, a lot of them so trivial it’s embarrassing. The big issues are too overwhelming; I’m like a minnow in the ocean. Take saving the Euro. Here’s what I know about European money: they use too many coins. Thick, heavy coi...

  • Forecaster Forum: It's an up-and-down life for artists in Maine

    The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstan...