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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The ocean speaks, if you pay attention

    The words that follow were written by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett in the form of the song "A Pirate Looks at Forty." And almost every time I hear them I cry. Not with outward tears for the world to see, or with any measure of sadness attached, but instead, with an inward sense of pr...

  • Letter: Bath teacher personifies the profession

    Kudos to The Forecaster and Alex Lear’s article about Johnna Stanton, Sagadahoc County Teacher of The Year. And, of course, many kudos to he...

  • Editorial: North Yarmouth sends the wrong message by pulling the plug

    If you're of a certain age, you probably remember the opening narration of the early 1960s sci-fi TV show, "The Outer Limits": "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will brin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Art in my life

    For the most part, my life in art has remained pretty much out of these columns, except perhaps when I was inveighing against our benighted governor a few years ago for his political attack on the Maine Labor History Mural for being too pro-labor. But art has been a big part of my personal and pr...

  • Abby's Road: Diagnosing a winter psychosis

    The sixth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders should include the following criteria to assist mental health professionals identify a New Englander suffering from winter: • Arrogance. The descent into winter is marked by cockiness. Red flags include a p...

  • Letter: Force alone won't stem the terrorist tide

    Thank you to Edgar Allen Beem for saying what needs to be said about the way in which we are undertaking our war on terror. As he points out, we create as many terrorists as we destroy through our  campaign of remote-controlled robot bombing attacks. The civilians who are killed in th...

  • Letter: Magazine gets well-deserved slap from Woods

    I agree with Steve Woods' Intentionally Unreasonable column last week ("No time for swimsuits, and other cold thoughts"

  • Letter: Sexy servers deserve more compensation

    Natalie Ladd's Dishin' That column “What happens in the kitchen doesn’t stay there" is more than interesting for my wife and...

  • Letter: Columnist ignores Obamacare benefits

    Julie McDonald-Smith's most recent column extolling the efforts to repeal Obamacare in its entirety ignores the positive impact the Affordable Care Act is having on the lives of millions of Americans. Enrollment has exceeded expectations and there are now over 31 million citizens signed up, inclu...

  • Letter: More Obamacare 'horrors' for McDonald-Smith

    In her latest attack on Obamacare, Julie McDonald-Smith asserts that the federal requirement that Medicaid cover 19- and 20-year-olds is "just one shining example of why" Obamacare "is a horror that needs to be repealed in its entirety." But surely other shining examples of the horror that is Oba...