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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • The Right View: It's not who wins or loses, it's how they count the votes

    Why is the ongoing saga of the state Senate District 25 race between Republican Cathleen Manchester and Democrat Catherine Breen so historic? It’s true that the drama is fascinating, and exciting, to political observers. Perhaps “exciting” isn’t the word the candida...

  • Letter: Watson thanks House District 51 voters

    With the hard-fought election now over and the holiday season in front of us, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all the citizens of House District 51 for believing in me. My thanks extends to my opponent and her family as well, who clearly made a lot of sacrifices over these past few month...

  • The Universal Notebook: Two Maines, two brains?

    When one of the callers to John McDonald’s Sunday morning talk show on WGAN noted that the difference in the November election was not so much between northern and southern Maine as it was between rural and urban Maine, McDonald asked me why I thought urban areas were more liberal than rura...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith fails to back up her claims

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s The Right View column, “Numbers don’t lie, but Democrats do,” I hope only interrupts, rather...

  • Early deadline for Thanksgiving-week letters

    Deadlines for The Forecaster next week are earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 27. Letters to the editor must be received by noon this Friday, Nov. 21, to be published in our Nov. 26, 27 and 28 editions.

  • The Universal Notebook: Support your local library

    You can tell almost everything you need to know about a town by looking at its public schools and its public library. Towns that invest in education and literacy are great places to live. Towns that don’t aren’t. I was pleased to see that the library referendums in Cape Elizabe...

  • Abby's Road: Worry is as worry does

    As talents go, the ability to imagine the worst probably ranks somewhere above posting a selfie, but decidedly below walking without tripping. Fine. Sprinkle those grains of salt on top of the following: If BuzzFeed ever publishes a list of the top 17 worry-warts who live in a state that u...

  • Short Relief: Portland media haze masks Maine election reality

    I was among those surprised by the Nov. 4 election results. The conventional wisdom made sense to me. I expected it to be close. I thought that the most likely outcome was a narrow Mike Michaud victory. That Gov. Paul LePage had a hard ceiling of around 38 percent, or about what he receive...