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  • Policy Wonk: Thanks to LePage, Maine leaks revenue in 2 ways

    Gov. Paul LePage is nothing if not relentless in pursuit of a tea party fiscal agenda. He would directly cut state taxes (primarily for wealthy individuals and corporations) and indirectly give money to corporations by expanding and/or creating new tax expenditures, i.e., tax forgiveness, ...

  • Letter: Kitchel, Farber for Falmouth council

    With Town Council candidate Ned Kitchel we have an opportunity to bring back a member of the Falmouth community who once served in this important role, who understands the importance of listening carefully to all sides of an issue, who represents fairness, and who possesses keen common and busine...

  • Forecaster Forum: Renew Brunswick's tradition of valuing education

    In light of the recently announced $1.2 million reduction in state aid for Brunswick’s schools, how much are we willing to pay for high-quality public schools? What can we learn by looking back at Brunswick’s long-standing tradition for valuing education?

  • Letter: Film festival ads borrow from a classic

    Recently, The Forecaster has been running ads for the Maine Jewish Film Festival that include the headline, "You don't have to be Jewish to love these films."  Pictured in the ad are people such as a priest. Clever, yes. Original, no.   Back i...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let them eat egg salad

    Though it is safe to say that I am not a very discerning diner, I began to understand last week why Big Macs and Whoppers always seem to make me a little nauseous. It might be that “pink slime,” the ammonia-treated beef trimmings spun into a USDA-approved hamburger helper. Next they&r... 2

  • The View From Away: The unfunny truth behind the '3 biggest lies' joke

    When I was doing standup, I would get corporate gigs, which often began with the guy from marketing telling the “three biggest lies” joke.  The corporate world was more rigid then, and marketing was where the rebels hung out. It wasn’t unusual to see a marketing guy ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland school budget hike an investment in our future

    The past six months have brought lots of good news for the Portland Public Schools. Our students’ test scores rose dramatically. We received a clean bill of health from our auditors. The School Board adopted a comprehensive plan framework to guide the district. We were awarded the la...

  • Letter: Scarborough-South Portland trail a success

    As a frequent rider from my home in Scarborough to Bug Light Park in South Portland, I’ve been looking forward to the Wainright Fields-to-Broadway section of the Eastern Trail emerging from under the snow. On a recent sunny Saturday the number of other cyclists, joggers, walkers, and parent...

  • Letter: Brunswick school group leader dislikes headline

    A headline like the one The Forecaster chose for the recent article, "PTO head: Brunswick school budget gets it wrong,"

  • Letter: Story a boon for Cumberland rider

    I'm writing to extend thanks and appreciation for the article, "Cumberland woman to bike 4,000 miles to fight cancer," about...