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Opinion

  • Letter: Brunswick stares at gift horse

    The Maine DOT has offered funding the Maine Street-McKeen Street intersection for good reason. If DOT feels it is dangerous and is paying for it, why is the town hesitating? Is it because Maine Street Station and the Bath Road intersection revision are getting more attention? Is it beca... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth campaign off to great start

    We are thrilled to report that St. Mary's 2010 campaign to benefit the Falmouth Food Pantry raised $3,000 for this worthy cause at our Book, Bake and Soup Sale. People called us after the article in The Forecaster to donate books, people we didn't know stopped by with donations, people bro...

  • Letter: Falmouth school budget bungle

    The supposed “decrease” in the Falmouth School Budget needs serious examination. To show a “savings,” reference is made to last year’s budget, not actual expenditures. They were about $800,000 less than budgeted. A fair comparison is to what was actually spent, no...

  • Letter: SAD 51 should 'think outside the school house'

    The proposed flat budget in SAD 51, which will ultimately result in tax increases for residents of the two towns, cannot be cut any further. The tax increase shouldered by North Yarmouth and Cumberland residents is not providing improvements in facilities, it is not expanding or improving progr... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Staying focused, but fresh, under the dome

    I recently finished reading Stephen King's mammoth new novel, "Under the Dome." It's a nearly 1,100-page page-turner about what happens to folks in the fictional Maine (where else?) town of Chester's Mi...

  • The Universal Notebook: Don't throw the public under the bus

    Apparently, the Maine Department of Transportation has been conducting something called the Portland North Alternative Modes Transportation Study since 2008, studying whether to link either Lewiston-Auburn or Bath-Brunswick by either commuter passenger rail or rapid transit buses. Of course, we w... 1

  • Global Matters: When duty calls, will we answer?

    I arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport shortly after midnight, and among the throng awaiting my fellow passengers was a uniformed gentleman holding a small sign bearing the logo of a hotel and my name. I made eye contact and he signaled me to meet him on the other side of ... 2

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Setting budget priorities

    Budgets represent a community’s priorities. As I crafted my 2010-2011 budget for the Portland Public Schools, I faced the challenge of meeting students’ needs and moving our district forward, while keeping costs affordable for taxpayers. Fortunately, more than 100 residents re...

  • Forecaster Forum: Don't confuse budget balancing with 'anti-business'

    In a recent column (“The Legislature’s taxing logic”) Tony Payne took the Legislature’s Taxation Committee to task for suggesting that a portion of the structural budget hole might be filled by reducing a present business tax break. Payne then went on to complain that mere...

  • Letter: Falmouth CDC chairwoman responds

    A letter titled "Falmouth conservation plan goes too far" last week addressed changes made in a proposed ordinance regarding the town’s natural resources. The changes were made by the Community Development Committee to accommodate landowners who had voiced concerns that the original proposa...