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  • Letter: Cumberland officials behaving badly

    It is with great disappointment and in such poor taste I found the behavior of the Cumberland Town Council and town manager at last week’s meeting. State Rep. Michael Timmons, R-Cumberland, came at the invitation of the council to report on his change of vote on Land for Maine’...

  • The Right View: Maine, the way road rage should be

    Forgive my departure this week from the blood bath that is politics, but we live in an amazing place, and amazing places inspire amazing people. Maine is host to a myriad of road races, many of which raise astronomical amounts of money for exceptionally worthy causes. I’ve participat...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...

  • The Right View: Economics is a matter of right vs. left

    While out driving last week, I caught a bit of the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. A gentleman had called in making the case that while many of us are out here in the media shouting about right-this and left-that, he was just trying to work and survive. While we are all discussing soc...

  • Policy Wonk: Only Gov. LePage is above the law

    As odd as it may seem, the headline on this piece reflects Maine’s reality. In 2012, Gov. Paul LePage refused to issue $40 million in voter-approved bonds, notwithstanding a constitutional duty imposed on him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Oth...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Response to trends today impacts tomorrow

    Maine is experiencing several of trends. For example, the state’s population is aging, and we’re facing environmental challenges as we consider how to best meet Maine’s energy needs. How we respond to trends today will impact our future, so it’s very important that ...

  • Letter: Tax rates put Portland and Maine at disadvantage

    With Maine politicians debating tax policy, I’m reminded of the tax burden differences for two coastal New England cities: • State income tax rate (married couples earning more than $41,850): Portland, Maine – 7.95 percent, Portsmouth, New Hampshire – 0 percent. ...

  • Letter: LePage damages Maine's reputation, economy

    Thanks once again to Edgar Allen Beem for his astute summary of Gov. Paul LePage’s reign of terror. LePage’s followers often tout his rising above his street upbringing to achieve business success. Based on his crude behavior, it looks to me as though he takes “the street”...

  • Letter: Columnist, LePage take the same tack

    In reaction to recent praise for Julie McDonald-Smith's columns, I would like to suggest the praise is due not so much for what she has to say, as for The Forecaster's willingness to publish her right-wing blurb, riddled with lopsided, distorted, simplistic and twisted logic. An example is...

  • Letter: Questions about proposed Scarborough school budget

    I attended a recent budget presentation at the Scarborough Town Council, and left with more questions than answers. The proposed school spending increases are fueling the need to raise property taxes at more than four times the inflation rate, but the exact details are fuzzy. In an age whe...