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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Falmouth councilor appreciates neighbors' efforts

    High-school student Isabel Agnew and her crew, as well as the contingent from Saint Mary the Virgin Church, deserve our thanks for cleaning up litter recently along Shoreline Drive in Falmouth and Back Cove in Portland. We all admire the beauty of our coast, but these special people did mo...

  • Letter: Railroad whistles come with the territory

    I am writing in response to the article on train whistles at crossings. I have lived beside the tracks on Route 9 for 54 years, raised four kids and none of us have ever been bothered by them. Why did those complaining build near railroad tracks, knowing that whistles bl...

  • Letter: AARP Maine urges yes on Question 1

    On Nov.8, Mainers will have the opportunity, and the privilege, to cast their vote in the 2011 elections. This year, a very important question is on the ballot. I urge you to please vote yes for Election Day voter registration. Our state has had same-day voter registration for almost 40 ... 1

  • Letter: Scarborough councilor's arrest deserves discretion

    I am so very discouraged by The Forecaster's recent decision to pander to the public appetite for scandal by running a front-page story (of course, with photo) about a Scarborough council member's arrest for OUI. Usually I can't stand the pages circulated on the Internet about how much bet...

  • Letter: In an emergency, South Portland is in good hands

    Maine was lucky to sidestep Hurricane Irene. I was interested to see how the city was positioned for a possible crisis. Behind the scenes, without our awareness, city staff was preparing for the worst. Department heads, assistants, additional personnel and the city manager were organizing....

  • Letter: Accusations shouldn't determine Freeport election

    Last week I watched in horror as accusations were made against two town councilors who have given years of responsible guidance and support to Freeport. The dispute, as I understand it, involves one councilor questioning the legality of two signatures on another councilor’s nominating petit...

  • Forecaster Forum: 'Becky's Village' is a special place

    YARMOUTH — On Aug. 6, our beloved, 23-year-old daughter, Becky Schaffer, died in a hiking accident halfway across the world. She was about to start teaching local children on a tiny Pacific Island through a volunteer organization,

  • Global Matters: Cross-border trade? Bangor gets it

    I can’t tell you how many chamber of commerce breakfasts I’ve attended over the years. Ditto Rotary Club luncheons, “Business After Hours” and networking events in general. If not for my parsimony at the bar and my iron will around the buffet, I’d be ti...