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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Manchester in Maine state Senate District 25

    I am writing in support of Cathy Manchester in Senate District 25. I have known Cathy both personally and professionally for nearly a decade. Along with a strong commitment to family and friends, Cathy employs a no-nonsense pragmatic approach to her business and civic endeavors. As a real ...

  • Letter: North Yarmouth panel praises Diffin

    As members of the Budget Committee elected by the citizens of North Yarmouth, it has been our privilege to work with interim Town Manager Marnie Diffin. Since 2009, Marnie worked on the budget process of our town with great professionalism. Her skills in municipal accounting, finance and taxation...

  • The Universal Notebook: The Supreme Court is against my religion

    In yet another narrow 5-4 decision, the activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court have handed a major victory to Corporate America and done the people of the United States yet another grave injustice. I’m amazed these corporate stooges even dare to show their faces in public after th...

  • Abby's Road: The good juju of weddings

    When I was in elementary school, a new student joined my class after the school year had started. He was introduced during circle time. The teacher asked where he was from, and he told his rapt audience that he was from South Paris. I went home and bragged to my sisters that a boy from Fra...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Keep learning all summer long

    Summer is a time to relax, spend time with family and friends and enjoy Maine’s beauty. It’s also a time to learn. That’s particularly important for students who are working toward proficiency. Too many children in Portland and elsewhere in the U.S. fall victim to so-call...

  • Letter: Finding fault with Beem's generalization

    Edgar Allen Beem's recent column, "We are all illegal immigrants," really struck a nerve with me. There is no questi...

  • Letter: Underwhelmed by columnist McDonald-Smith

    I welcome a new opinion writer in The Forecaster, for contention is good for a healthy public culture. For the life of me, though, I cannot fathom why you have chosen Julie McDonald-Smith for the task. As a historian, I was enticed by her claim that America is going to hell in a handbasket becaus...

  • Letter: Cell towers not suitable for Scarborough neighborhoods

    If residents aren’t angry or concerned about the proposed change to allow cell phone transmission towers in virtually all of Scarborough, then they haven’t been paying close enough attention. A 150-foot tower could be erected within 100 feet of homes, causing the loss of 10 to 20 perc...