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  • 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...

  • Letter: Buy local, even if it's inconvenient

    I'm writing to tell Sandi Amorello (No Sugar Added: "Buy local ( I dare you)") that she has the concept of "buy local" all wrong. Sales girls aren't supposed to keep shops open late for people who show up late. Making threats to small business is not the way to support them. Buying local i...

  • Editorial: That was the week that was your right to know

    If you're an advocate for freedom of information and Maine's Freedom of Access Act, it was a pull-your-hair-out kind of week. In Brunswick, town councilors and the town manager held an unannounced, private meeting with representatives of the Brunswick West neighborhood group. Then in Freep... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: The 10 best films of all time

    Seeing Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris" a few weeks ago reminded me what I like so much about Woody Allen. He’s an existentialist. His imagination and humor are rooted in reality. I’ve never cared at all for sci-fi, fantasy or horror in books or movies, but Allen’s... 4

  • No Sugar Added: Buy local (I dare you)

    One of the reasons I moved to Maine was because it has coastline. It also has Portland, with a wonderful arts community and fabulous array of restaurants and shops. Particularly the shops in the Old Port. Fancy little boutiques, quaint bookstores and toy shops with finely crafted treasures. 2

  • Short Relief: Ya gotta have art

    Portland Stage Company’s production of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage" is set in a lofty, austere, modern apartment in Paris, with all that city connotes about culture and civilization and art. Veronique and Michel Reille have asked over Alain and Annette Houllie so that they c...

  • Forecaster Forum: Rails or roads? Do the math

    There are legitimate questions as to whether the U.S. made correct decisions around transportation since the 1960s, particularly the decisions to subsidize highway systems while regulating and penalizing the railroads. Let’s say for the benefit of the doubt that an average car costs ...

  • Letter: Support Project Grace in Scarborough

    I encourage residents of Scarborough to donate to the fuel assistance fund for which the town and Project Grace have joined forces. In order to deal with the huge decreases in the budgets of low-income fuel assistance programs and the ever-rising cost of fuel, this cooperative program was establ...

  • Letter: Disappointed by Freeport election coverage

    The Forecaster’s subjective reporting of Freeport Town Council elections is disappointing. It is not in the purview of reporters lacking contextual participatory experience, which enables discriminate analysis of fellow citizens’ intentions and actions, to instill divisiveness in a co...