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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • The Right View: The best things in life are not free

    Despite the raging pain in my back from a herniated disk, reading support for President Obama’s plan for offering students “free” community college was enough to spring me out of bed and put me in front of my computer for a significant rant. I am so sick and tired of hear...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Showing Portland its ROI on student achievement

    This is the time of year when Maine school districts begin the school budget process, asking our communities to show their support for public education by investing in it. But when they back our public schools, how do community members know what ROI – return on investment – the...

  • Forecaster Forum: Cumberland's plans go too far for Payson heirs

    As long-time stewards of the Payson property in Cumberland, we write to clarify our position regarding the town of Cumberland’s recent purchase of a portion of the property and its plan to develop a recreational beach facility. The Payson family has encouraged public use on the exist...

  • Letter: SAD 51 has needs greater than turf field

    This is the time of the year when the School Administrative District 51 budget for fiscal year 2016 begins to take shape. Last year’s budget had the highest cost per student of any of our neighboring school districts, almost $15,700. Yet, standardized tests showed that SAD 51 student...

  • Letter: Diaz column never fails to inspire

    Abby’s Road is often the first page I turn to in The Forecaster. Abby Diaz speaks plainly, with thoughtfulness about topics that I find relevant to life, often wrapped in humor. “The Colors of Friendship” was no exception. Thank you, Abby, for sharing the things you have learned...

  • The Universal Notebook: Veto the Keystone frack pipe

    With gasoline now hovering near a mere $2 a gallon, two questions jump immediately to mind. When will President Obama get credit for turning the economy around? Answer: Probably never. And who in the world would think it was a good idea to build the Keystone XL pipeline? Answer: Rep...

  • Abby's Road: The colors of friendship

    The first song I remember learning is the one about making new friends, but keeping the old, one being silver and the other gold. I now appreciate the song’s intent with a depth unavailable to me in preschool. I would add another verse with more colors of the rainbow, though. ...

  • Policy Wonk: With Portland’s Midtown project, less can be more

    The paradoxical phrase "less is more" was coined by the renowned early 20th century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Breaking with "bigger is better" architectural styles of the past, Mies van der Rohe emphasized form, shape, scale, design, use of new cost efficient materials. He argued...