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  • Letter: Alarmed by Rousselle's attitude, outlook

    I read with dismay Christine Rousselle’s meditation on wisdom gained as a Walmart cashier (Dec. 19 Forecaster Forum). I was particularly alarmed by the violence implicit in the...

  • Letter: Rousselle's time at Walmart wasn't well spent

    Christine Rousselle isn’t just a Walmart employee writing unbiased in last week's Forecaster Forum. She’s heavily involved in right-wing causes. Her stated dream is to be... 1

  • Letter: Beem talks well, should walk, too

    Weekly I grab a copy of The Forecaster to see upon what rant Edgar Allen Beem will embark. Beem rarely disappoints me and this week offered no exception. Here is a completely negative piece against Gov. LePage predicated upon Beem’s statement “profits before people,” as if this ...

  • Letter: Brunswick West is best for town, Amtrak

    In his letter of Dec. 16, Dan Sullivan states that what we need to do is view all Amtrak layover facility sites objectively, elevate all stakeholders to equal status and end the "political theater." Good news on the first count: all sites have already been analyzed objectively. We know Brunswic... 5

  • No Sugar Added: Tidings of comfort, joy and toilet tissue

    As I drove my daughter home from her first semester of college last week, we both happily noted that this year neither of us feels as if we truly “need” or “want” anything for Christmas. And I thought, “Wow. What a wonderful feeling this is.” It clearly...

  • The Universal Notebook: Is it really more blessed to give?

    As we are in the holiday season, a traditional season of charitable giving, I have been considering what the Bible asks of us in terms of generosity. In many ways, it’s a mixed message. Acts 20:35 tell us, “In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the wea... 7

  • Forecaster Forum: Becoming a citizen without batting an eye

    On Dec. 16, the U.S. District Court in Portland was packed with newly minted U.S. citizens and those of us who were there to cheer them on. The more than 40 people who took their oath that day came from 19 different countries, an immigration officer told us, but by the end of the ceremony ...

  • Forecaster Forum: My time at Walmart: Why we need serious welfare reform

    During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Walmart in Scarborough. I spent hours upon hours toiling away at a register, scanning, bagging, and dealing with questionable clientele. These were all expected parts of the job, and I was OK with it. What I didn’t expect to be ... 27

  • 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 ...