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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Prayer in public schools won't eliminate bullying

    Surely Julie McDonald-Smith doesn't actually believe that imposing Christian prayer and Bible study on public school children would in some way make them feel more cared for or like they belong and are welcome here (

  • Letter: Summit needs to keep promises

    I was skeptical when a representative from Summit Natural Gas said I would have gas by Nov. 1, but I decided to put my faith in the company. After all, they were generating excitement and taking pictures with community leaders. Surely, they would keep their commitment. I, like everyone els...

  • The Right View: In age of school bullying, heaven help us

    If you are the parent of a child who is bullied, at some point – once you get over your initial devastation – perhaps you begin to think of the child who is doing the bullying. Perhaps you ponder the cause. Many of us tend to think kids who bully are hurting in some way, are lo...

  • The Universal Notebook: The decline and fall of the alternative weekly

    When people ask me what I’m up to these days, I sometime answer, only half facetiously, "I’m trying not to outlive print journalism, but it could happen." The long, slow death of print news is all too real in our virtual society. Last week we learned that the venerable (by alte...

  • Letter: McDonald's 'blanket statement' goes too far

    I think it's admirable that The Forecaster makes an effort to present to your readers both liberal and conservative views. Although I lean more left than right, I enjoy reading both sides of issues. That said, what I don't enjoy are blanket statements negating an entire group of people's b...

  • Letter: Robbie Foundation gives thanks

    The Robbie Foundation wants to thank members of the community for making our third annual Gala Evening a smashing success. The event took place Oct. 17 at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough, and featured a live auction and performance by Maine comedian Karen Morgan. The event raised $18,50...

  • Letter: Freeport football fans appreciate neighbors

    Anne Feuhrer wrote a thoughtful letter arguing that parents will allow Freeport athletics to thrive, even if the town votes to withdraw from RSU 5. I write not to express my views on withdrawal, but rather to clarify the history of the Freeport Gridiron Club. The club was formed by parents...

  • Letter: Candidate says letter misrepresented his comment

    Michele Joyce wrote a letter last week quoting me as saying that as a parent of young children I have at times found the evening School Board s...