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Opinion

  • Letter: Maine voters got it right on Nov. 4.

    I don't think that Mainers feel insulted or abused except by liberals. Maine had the highest percent of registered voters who voted this November, showing their interest was high. I think Mainers do want less government. I think Mainers understand that to have a more perfect union, justice, domes...

  • Letter: Yarmouth town councilor knows value of communication

    Thank you to the Yarmouth Town Council and, more specifically, Counselor Andrew Kittredge, on increasing the communication being distributed to residents. The use of social media is a fantastic vehicle for getting information out to the public to invite participation with those issues and decisio...

  • Letter: Did Brunswick officials violate their own policy?

    After reading the Oct. 31 issue, I am finding difficulty in understanding the “concern” of Brunswickk's town councilors. An article states “since the policy was enacted in 1995, town managers have allowed employees, on a largely informal basis, to collect extra vacation time.&rd...

  • Early deadline for Thanksgiving-week letters

    Deadlines for The Forecaster next week are earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 27. Letters to the editor must be received by noon this Friday, Nov. 21, to be published in our Nov. 26, 27 and 28 editions.

  • The Universal Notebook: Support your local library

    You can tell almost everything you need to know about a town by looking at its public schools and its public library. Towns that invest in education and literacy are great places to live. Towns that don’t aren’t. I was pleased to see that the library referendums in Cape Elizabe...

  • Abby's Road: Worry is as worry does

    As talents go, the ability to imagine the worst probably ranks somewhere above posting a selfie, but decidedly below walking without tripping. Fine. Sprinkle those grains of salt on top of the following: If BuzzFeed ever publishes a list of the top 17 worry-warts who live in a state that u...

  • Short Relief: Portland media haze masks Maine election reality

    I was among those surprised by the Nov. 4 election results. The conventional wisdom made sense to me. I expected it to be close. I thought that the most likely outcome was a narrow Mike Michaud victory. That Gov. Paul LePage had a hard ceiling of around 38 percent, or about what he receive...

  • Letter: Columns show how not to prevent bullying

    I have to thank Julie McDonald-Smith for the lesson I took from her two recent columns. I realized that bullies are created when instead of teaching our children tolerance, compassion, and respect for difference, we model the us-them attitude that rises from fear – an attitude that can only...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Opportunities for parents to partner in education

    Families are our partners. They are their children’s first and most influential educators. At the Portland Public Schools, we believe that by working together with families, we ensure success for all students. This fall, we have launched several new initiatives to make it easier for ...

  • Letter: Finding nuggets of common ground with Beem

    I read Edgar Allen Beem's "Sour grapes" column ("The Universal Notebook: Sour grapes? Sore loser? Not me") and found some p...