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Opinion

  • Letter: Tax rates put Portland and Maine at disadvantage

    With Maine politicians debating tax policy, I’m reminded of the tax burden differences for two coastal New England cities: • State income tax rate (married couples earning more than $41,850): Portland, Maine – 7.95 percent, Portsmouth, New Hampshire – 0 percent. ...

  • Letter: LePage damages Maine's reputation, economy

    Thanks once again to Edgar Allen Beem for his astute summary of Gov. Paul LePage’s reign of terror. LePage’s followers often tout his rising above his street upbringing to achieve business success. Based on his crude behavior, it looks to me as though he takes “the street”...

  • Letter: Columnist, LePage take the same tack

    In reaction to recent praise for Julie McDonald-Smith's columns, I would like to suggest the praise is due not so much for what she has to say, as for The Forecaster's willingness to publish her right-wing blurb, riddled with lopsided, distorted, simplistic and twisted logic. An example is...

  • Letter: Questions about proposed Scarborough school budget

    I attended a recent budget presentation at the Scarborough Town Council, and left with more questions than answers. The proposed school spending increases are fueling the need to raise property taxes at more than four times the inflation rate, but the exact details are fuzzy. In an age whe...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The fairness of unfairness

    “It was then that Hook bit him. Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours ...

  • Capitol Notebook: Maine, the way politics shouldn't be

    The tone of Maine’s political conversation has reached a new low. A strange incident in Saco last week, and the bizarre reactions to it, paints a bleak picture of our rapidly sinking political dialogue. Last Thursday, as Gov. Paul LePage spoke at a forum promoting his plan to cut the...

  • Abby's Road: How to make Easter eggcellent

    I spent my childhood attending Sunday school. I studied at a Jesuit university with a chapel in the very center of campus. As I nibbled on wafers, confessed my sins, and fought to play Mary in the Christmas pageant, I learned there’s a lot of pressure on Easter. Easter is the celebra...

  • The Universal Notebook: The autocrat in the Blaine House

    The specter of our snarling governor damning all legislators who oppose his call for spending more money on drug enforcement (as opposed to drug treatment) and threatening, therefore, to “rip 'em a new one,” was a reminder last week of just how far Maine has fallen. We used to ...

  • Letter: Scarborough rep opposes school computer plan

    The Scarborough School Board is proposing that taxpayers provide laptop computers to all high school students. Five years ago a similar proposal failed. As the wife of an IT specialist and mother of a computer engineer, I agree classroom technology has its place. But I oppose this million-...

  • Letter: Delogu speaks for Mainers who don't have a voice

    We are fortunate in having columnist Orlando Delogu, emeritis professor of law, to champion the long-term unemployed, food stamp recipients, the homeless and immigrant populations, who are in need of General Assistance. Delogu is clear and frank in pointing out the inconsistencies and shameless p...