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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...

  • The Universal Notebook: Dictates of the dead

    High on the list of subjects about which I am greatly ambivalent, conflicted and inconsistent is the time-honored tradition of allowing the dead to dictate to us what we, the living, can and cannot do. Not to do so, I suppose, would be to abrogate a system of laws, yet I very often find my...

  • Short Relief: A tale of 2 speeches

    Gov. Paul LePage delivered his second inaugural address with a firm and confident voice. Gone was the nervous, "Chief Inspector Dreyfus" laugh that sometimes punctuated his remarks during the campaign. He took credit for his accomplishments; in particular, for paying off the hospital debt ...

  • 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...

  • Abby's Road: The 12th football speaks

    I am the 9.16 percent. I am the Edward Snowden of the pigskin community. I am the 12th football. This is my first public statement. Jan. 18, 2015, started like any other Sunday between preseason and postseason. I awoke in my gunmetal cage to the sounds of Vince Wilfork tap-dancing. ...

  • Letter: Building renovation study won't benefit Brunswick

    Not another “feasibility study” in Brunswick (paid for, once again, by taxpayer money) that will benefit a private owner (“B...

  • Letter: Time to put aside Yarmouth's 'dam issue'

    As someone who hopes to buy a house in Yarmouth in the near future, I keep an ear to the ground on local politics. I was surprised to here that the “dam issue” (pardon the pun) is back in play. I don't understand why anybody would want to remove those Royal River dams. By removing the...

  • 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...