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  • The Universal Notebook: Other people's money

    In voting to turn down $1 million a day in federal funds that would have provided health insurance to 60,000 low-income Mainers, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, said something that goes to the very heart of what is wrong with the conservative mindset. “I don’t have money,&r...

  • Abby's Road: Life is too short for eating healthy

    I was going to have a healthy breakfast after my predawn workout. But when my alarm went off, I slapped my phone, rolled over, and woke up to the sound of my son screaming my name. By then, I was already more than two hours behind schedule. There was no time for boiling old-fashioned oats ...

  • Editor's Notebook: A few (hundred) of my favorite things

    'Tis the season. For Top 10 lists. We're all too familiar with them: Stories that news organizations pull together at the end of the year because a) there's little real news happening around the Christmas and New Year holidays, b) half the staff is on vacation and listicles can take up cop...

  • Letter: Portland school chief took China's bait

    I must respond to Portland Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk’s recent Superintendent's Notebook column about his visit to Chinese public schools (

  • Letter: HolidayFest is South Portland at its best

    Friday, Dec. 6, marked yet another Mill Creek HolidayFest tree lighting celebration. The park glowed with song and fun as horse-drawn carriages circled the streets and the smell of hot dogs, popcorn, and hot cocoa filled the night air. The voices of the high school and middle school chorus studen...

  • Letter: Protect Maine's wind law from lobbyists

    Vital revisions are needed to our state's existing wind law. Fortunately, Maine funded an independent review that clearly lists 25 ways that wind power cannot play a negative role in our state's economic development. Unfortunately, industry lobbyists don't like these ideas. When an otherwi...

  • Short Relief: Humanity made Mandela different from us

    As the world gathered to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela, I thought about how I first became aware of him. In the late 1970s, one of the hottest topics on my college campus was divestiture. Some of my classmates wanted our trustees to divest our school’s investments in compani...

  • The Universal Notebook: A holiday exhortation

    The ethical and moral dilemmas of being part of a materialistic, consumer society surely occur to all of us to some degree, especially during the holiday season. As affluent Americans we are all complicit in an economy that has unintended consequences for those less fortunate and those left out.

  • The View From Away: There's a vacancy at the 'Hotel California'

    After several weeks of consulting on a couple of television series in California, it's good to be back in Maine for Christmas. The consulting itself was tremendous. One of television’s best-known directors, Jamie Widdoes (you may remember him as Hoover, the fraternity president in &l...

  • Holiday deadlines

    Because of the Christmas and New Year holidays, The Forecaster has early deadlines the next two weeks for letters to the editor. Letters must be received by noon, Friday, Dec. 20, for publication in our Dec. 25-27 editions, and by noon Friday, Dec. 27, for our Jan. 1-3, 2014, editions.