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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The ocean speaks, if you pay attention

    The words that follow were written by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett in the form of the song "A Pirate Looks at Forty." And almost every time I hear them I cry. Not with outward tears for the world to see, or with any measure of sadness attached, but instead, with an inward sense of pr...

  • Letter: Bath teacher personifies the profession

    Kudos to The Forecaster and Alex Lear’s article about Johnna Stanton, Sagadahoc County Teacher of The Year. And, of course, many kudos to he...

  • Letter: Engage in Falmouth water view discussion

    Creating a water overlay district is the correct first step for the Falmouth Town Council in its efforts to provide clarity around water view protection and to clean up the unintended consequences of the 2006 amendment to the zoning ordinance. The 2006 amendment currently forces those with noncon...

  • Letter: Beem promotes 'socialist agenda'

    Have you noticed how our local liberal, Edgar Allen Beem, always denigrates those of opposite political views with the most vicious personal characterizations? Michele Bachman becomes the "Mad-woman of Minnesota," Cain becomes "Herman the Horny," "Newt the Transformer" and Ron Paul has "holes in ... 1

  • Short Relief: She's no party animal, but Snowe will be missed

    I was surprised by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe’s announcement she would not seek re-election. I heard the rumor last year that she might not seek a fourth term. But when she declared, I figured she was all in, and I was with her. I made a modest contribution and attended a fundraiser in ...

  • Editorial: Public access to the governor's office is a basic right

    It's your right to know; learn how to use it Even if Gov. Paul LePage were not trying to keep the working papers of his office beyond the eyes of the public, this would be a good time for every Mainer to become familiar with the state's Freedom of Access Act. In fact, there may be...

  • The Universal Notebook: GOP is the party of Grumpy Old Patriarchs

    Last week, I sent an e-mail to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell that read in part, “As a husband, as the father of three young women, as an American, and as a Christian, I loathe and despise what you are trying to do – prevent abortion by letting the state rape Virginia women.” 14

  • Global Matters: Time for Maine to get in the game

    A few weeks ago I attended a conference of economic development types in San Antonio, Texas. Hundreds of leaders of organizations from across the country dedicated to job creation, business retention and investment attraction gathered to discuss what works and what doesn’t in the highly com...

  • No Sugar Added: Jesus is my cashier (and the devil is in the details)

    I’m pretty sure the gentleman’s name was pronounced “hay-zeus” and not “gee-zus,” but as my daughter took her Home Depot receipt out of her wallet to show me how much she’d spent on art project supplies, and noted aloud (and with a subtle blend of dry sar...

  • Letter: Be proud of Falmouth High School debate team

    My wife and I have spent many a hot/cold, dry/wet and day/evening on the sidelines and in the bleachers of Falmouth high school athletics. This year, however, our sophomore joined the debate team. We were introduced to a community of students who are learning life skills few adults ever acquire: ...