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  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • Letter: Beem wrong about Obama, oil, Keystone XL

    In his latest blather about the Keystone XL pipeline, Edgar Allen Beem blames Republicans for “standing in the way of transportation infrastructure improvements." Please Mr. Beem, name them. Later in the column Beem says that paying $2.20 a gallon does not even cover the cost of high...

  • 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...