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Opinion

  • Letter: Falmouth government is bloated

    Falmouth does not need a larger Town Office; we need fewer people in it. Planning Department salaries are $250,000 a year, not including benefits. In the last five years the department has gone from one planner and one assistant to four planners and one assistant, far more than any other t...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s hear it for the loud-mouthed jerk

    Welcome to the annual meeting of the Loud-Mouthed Jerks Organization. I am Ed Beem, president for life of the Southern Maine Chapter of LoMoJo. At the request of a prospective member, I have been asked to review the qualifications for and benefits of membership. As you know, LMJs have beco...

  • Short Relief: Recovery begins with ...

    One of the benefits of growing up in Manhattan was the chance to watch the construction of a skyscraper. Walking around town you would come across a block that had been walled off with plywood. A boy could spend hours staring through the windows that the construction crews cut in those walls, w...

  • No Sugar Added: Zero degrees of separation

    Most of us are familiar with the concept known as “six degrees of separation.” It’s the idea that all humans are within six steps of connectivity. That whole friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend thing. If you live in the great (sparsely populated) state of Maine, you know tha...

  • Letter: Smart meters require informed discussion

    My Town Council colleagues and I unanimously passed a resolution asking CMP to refrain from installing “smart meters” and related equipment for a minimum of 90 days, and to participate in several public forums here in Scarborough. I want to be clear; this action does not mean t... 2

  • Letter: 'Service above Self'

    At the close of the Market Place portion of the Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, several members of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club assisted the South Portland Food Cupboard in collecting the excess food items donated by the various food vendors. This was the second year in a ro...

  • Letter: Falmouth folks are first-rate

    As I was getting my sailboat home from the East End Beach on Route 1, we had just gotten to Falmouth when I felt a little jolting and slight vibrating. My precious boat was swinging sideways, creating a right angle with my truck. It then broke free from the truck completely and passed us, while c...

  • Letter: Concern about Cumberland curbs

    A couple of letters recently about new curbs in Yarmouth have prompted me to to also voice concerns about the new curbs on Route 88 in Cumberland. We now have white lines on each side of the road designated for bicycles, walkers, joggers and people pushing strollers or baby carriages. Howe...

  • Editorial: Where we stand on local issues

    There are several local ballot questions facing voters this year in cities and towns covered by The Forecaster. Here's where we stand on the issues: Portland Portland's current council-manager government functions well enough on the administrative level, but it is s...

  • Editorial: Maine needs a statesman, not an antagonist

    Reform Maine’s health-care system. Trim the size and scope of government. Stop shifting state costs to municipalities. Reduce welfare spending and require welfare recipients to work for their checks. Improve schools and student achievement. Stop taxing Mai...