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  • 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: Life is a risk worth taking

    My grandfather joked that the person who would most enjoy a funeral is the deceased. He insisted that the unabashed commemoration of life offered decent consolation for the fact of death. My sisters and I dutifully laughed through our eye-rolling and shushing. In late October, I att...

  • Short Relief: The case for mandatory Ebola quarantine

    Ebola was identified in the 1970s. Since then, the World Health Organization has documented 24 outbreaks, all in West Africa. They ranged from one to 425 reported cases, with mortality rates of between 25 percent and 100 percent, resulting in between one and 280 deaths. The current outbrea...

  • 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...