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Opinion

  • The Universal Notebook: Black Bears give soccer the boot

    Certainly, I understand the University of Maine (like all institutions of higher learning) is facing severe budgetary problems and that athletic budgets have to be a part of the belt tightening. What I did not understand is why the university decided to suspend men's soccer as the way to trim i... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to the new, improved theforecaster.net

    Within hours after the owner of the Maine Mall announced last week that it had filed for bankruptcy protection, southern Maine news Web sites were all over the story. Most of them either quoted reports from national news organizations or had wire service stories online within six or eight hours... 8

  • Letter: Keep W. Harpswell School

    Michael Estes, principal of West Harpswell School, has estimated that the enrollment of West Harpswell School alone might go down to 58 in two years from the present number 71, but this is only an estimate. Indeed, in the past the school population has been that small. Many good small schools...

  • Letter: What are seniors to do?

    Picture this: the country is in the midst of a recession and many people have lost their jobs. You as a retiree have lost up to half of your retirement savings. The cost of most everything has risen, including heating oil, health care, food and transportation and now the town is forecasting a 1...

  • Letter: Library thanks artists, businesses

    The Falmouth Memorial Library's third annual month-long Beauty and the Books silent auction raised more than $7,800 for the community's book collection and special programs this year. Sixty-five area artists, crafters, designers and photographers with ages spanning seven decades do...

  • Letter: Sister city success

    Thank you to many people and institutions for another successful visit from our sister city in Japan: Bath Middle School, Joe Byrnes, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath Noontime Rotary, Marnee's Cookies, Bath Skate Park, Bath YMCA, Maine Aomori Sister State Advisory Committee, Gulf of Maine Research I...

  • Confessions of a misspent youth

    Watching my youngest daughter Tess play soccer on the all-too green synthetic surfaces of Citizens Bank Fields in Lancaster, Mass., a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I have no idea what it feels like to run on rubber and fall on artificial turf. I do, however, know exactly wha...

  • Falmouth needs Engine 3

    Closing the Pleasant Hill Fire Station is a decision all of Falmouth should be concerned about. The proposed closure results in a reduction in overall safety.

  • Making 'lemonade'

    On Jan. 2, Soft Trac was one of 26 businesses who suffered the loss of their main office due to a fire that destroyed the building at 500 Route 1 in Yarmouth. While we were determined that we would not let the fire distract us from our mission of giving back to our community by helping nonprofi...

  • The life and death of libraries

    There is something to be said for corporate paternalism. Growing up in the Cumberland Mills section of Westbrook with the S.D. Warren paper mill smokestacks belching filth and stench, we nonetheless benefited from the patronage of the mill. We played baseball on Warren fields, basketball in Warr...