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Opinion

  • Editorial: Falmouth council trips over potential conflict of interest

    Should a town councilor who owns and develops property vote on an ordinance change that could increase the value of a development he has pending before the town? Of course not. That would be a conflict of interest, because the councilor could see a direct financial benefit from the decisio...

  • The Universal Notebook: Are virtual schools real schools?

    Gov. Paul LePage’s default pick for Commissioner of Education is Steve Bowen, a former Maine Heritage Policy Center policy wonk who took the job after more-qualified individuals turned the job down, a problem the governor has been having all over his cabinet. Bowen is a former school... 4

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth councilor is on solid ground

    Last week, an article in The Forecaster suggested that Falmouth Town Councilor Fred Chase had a conflict of interest when he participated in a 4-3 vote to amend the town’s land u...

  • No Sugar Added: In defense of snow

    There are certain things that set my heart aflutter. Some are not suitable material for a public family forum such as this. But the one I’d like to talk about today is filled with childlike innocence. It’s snow. And I am here to confess that I love the stuff. Snowflakes. Snow...

  • Global Matters: Living on the fault line

    TEL AVIV — This is certainly an interesting time to be in Israel. But isn’t it always? As I sit in the hotel lobby following brunch in a crowded cafe, I’m reminded of prior exceptional visits to this country. There was the visit during the Second Intifada, when the...

  • Letter: Beware the trickle-down in Falmouth

    We the taxpayers are co-signers on billions of dollars of state borrowing. This has great potential to trickle down to the local municipalities. Maybe the Falmouth Town Council is not aware of more shortfalls coming our way, as the council is looking at expanding the financial burden in Falmout...

  • Letter: Falmouth facilities decision on the right track

    After months of extensive exploration and debate, the Falmouth Town Council has agreed to pursue a plan that would let residents vote on the fate of the Lunt and Plummer-Motz school buildings. A single question will allow the community to unite around this issue. I am impressed that the co...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quite a day on Maquoit Bay

    It was not initially a noteworthy day, but for 8-year-old Clyde Smith, Friday, Sept. 5, 1924, would certainly become one. What happened came, literally, out of the blue. Clyde’s father was John Smith, an English expatriate with the good fortune to have barely missed his reserved bill...

  • Letter: Falmouth Plummer plan puzzles

    The Falmouth Town Council proposal to retain, rehab, and rent the Plummer school is a loser. And we Falmouth taxpayers were warned. Warned costs exceed revenue for 10 years plus. Warned by Town Manager Nathan Poore. He said, “Regarding the Plummer building, the council has more to...

  • Letter: No logic in Falmouth conflict claim

    Let me see if I understand this correctly. If a town councilor who is a "developer," or who owns property that might be developed in the future, votes on a measure before the council which impacts development, there is a "conflict of interest?" By this logic, applied to Councilor Fred Chase in ...