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Opinion

  • The Universal Notebook: Meddling with public education

    One of the few things I tend to agree with conservatives about is that we would probably be better off without the U.S. Department of Education and the Maine Department of Education. Beyond serving as a pass-through for tax dollars and perhaps promulgating some advisory standards, federal ...

  • Abby's Road: Let me list the ways

    I recently received an email message from a fitness website I'd shared my address with on a slow day in 2004. I still haven’t mustered the energy to unsubscribe, so for the past decade, I’ve just deleted the messages and moved on. The email I got today, though, could not be ign...

  • Short Relief: More to Maine National Guard story than meets the eye

    With all the attention being paid to the Maine National Guard’s 133rd Battalion (at least 16 pieces in the local paper in the last 30 days), I wanted to learn more about the situation. The U.S. Militia is composed of all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of 17 and 45, and of...

  • Letter: Beem's column ignores the rest of the story

    Well it's obvious The Forecaster has joined the legions of biased liberal media to carry Hillary Clinton's water into the White House – just as was done to get a devout socialist community organizer with no experience in for two terms. Edgar Allen Beem's drivel ("

  • Letter: Scarborough beaches are going to the dogs

    I feel sorry for the majority of the residents of Scarborough, as well as our visitors to this town that abounds with beautiful beaches. The newest leash law seems to have handed the town beaches to the dogs, particularly after Labor Day, which is a favorite time for retired people or parents wit...

  • Letter: Why won't Michaud, LePage debate Cutler?

    As the campaigns for Maine’s governor heat up for the summer, it strikes me as unusual that only one of the three candidates wish to have timely public debates on the issues. Two of the candidates say they think fall might be the right time. There are five months before we must decide which...

  • Letter: McDonald doesn't debate, she heckles

    My father was a life-long Republican – and secretary of his union for 20 years. Today's Republicans are a disgrace to the tradition of Margaret Chase Smith and Dwight Eisenhower, let alone the honored tradition of moderate discourse. I greeted the arrival of Julie McDonald's column in The F...

  • Letter: Beem appeals to 'lowest common denominator'

    How much longer do you plan to let language like "dirt bags of the right" be a regular feature of your opinion page? Epithets like this invite opinions that Edgar Allen Beem is sinking into juvenile bullying and verbal abuse, not to mention lack of self-discipline and at least a modest degree of ...

  • Letter: McDonald provides an exception that proves the rule

    Julie McDonald's emphasis on defending GOP values ("The Right View: Scarborough lawmaker's work belies 'GOP War on Women,'" May 2...

  • Letter: Parting with Beem over Hillary endorsement

    So my invariable agreement with Edgar Allen Beem and respect for his good judgment ends. He surely nodded at his keyboard in finding Hillary Clinton "tougher than any of those wannabes on the right," able to hold her own "in the mudslinging inside the Beltway," and by virtue of those qualities an...