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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith's columns resonate with readers

    Julie McDonald-Smith's views are welcome to a vast number of readers. Thank you for publishing her columns. Let's hope she continues her gallant attempts to speak for morality and justice, and to expose the scandalous behavior of some of our representatives.

  • 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: Schools, feds coerce parents over testing

    The scary letters have been coming to parents from superintendents and school boards as Smarter Balanced testing is either in progress, or about to get underway. "Maine law requires public schools to have all students in grades three through eight and grade 11 participate in the Maine Educ...

  • Letter: Developer supports school's legacy

    We really like the suggestion made in a recent letter to The Forecaster of preserving the legacy of John E.L. Huse as we renovate Bath's Huse School into residential apartments. Construction of the school in 1942 was directly related to Bath’s shipbuilding boom during World War II, and we a...

  • Short Relief: Like science, GA is imperfect

    A couple of recent stories caught my attention. Stories about scientific studies that can't be replicated. Stories about scientific papers that had to be retracted. And stories about welfare fraud and mismanagement of General Assistance. What's the connection? Let me see if I can explain.

  • Letter: The origin of 'fresh native ice cubes'

    Wow, what a surprise to see that Town Landing Market is being sold. Danny, well deserved! I know Dad was extremely happy that you and Stu did such a great job with it. While reading the Forecaster article and traveling down memory lane, the pictures reminded me of a little-known fact about "Fresh...

  • Letter: Market had longstanding 'personality'

    I read this front-page story regarding Town Landing Market being sold by Dan Groves ("Iconic Town Landing Market to be sold"). All was well until I nearly choked on my coffee, reading P...