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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Short Relief: What about the other side of the story?

    Last month, Portland's major daily newspaper, The Portland Press Herald, reviewed its top stories of the year. Many of them were negative stories about Gov. Paul LePage (his remarks about the NAACP, his removal of the mural from the walls of the state Department of Labor, etc.). In the sa... 3

  • No Sugar Added: When Yankees swap

    On Christmas Eve, I once again had the pleasure of being witness to the odd ritual known affectionately (to some) as the Yankee Swap. Growing up in northern New Jersey, I’d never heard the word "Yankee" associated with holiday gift giving. Sure, I’d heard of Yankee Doodle and t...

  • The Universal Notebook: A right-left primer for 2012

    If you have followed the Republican presidential primary debates, the congressional budget debacles, the war of words waged nightly between Fox News and MSNBC, the editorials in local, state, and national publications, the letters to the editor and online comments engendered by local newspaper re... 13

  • Editor's Notebook: Thanks for writing

    As 2011 comes to a close, The Forecaster is saying goodbye to one of its most prolific writers, Randy Billings. Randy has been at the newspaper for about five years. He started as our news assistant, compiling calendar entries, School Notebook news and People & Business items. When he ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Occupy places of power, not public parks

    As much as I am in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement when it comes to addressing the social and economic inequities brought on by greedy corporate speculators and their congressional enablers, I have a hard time figuring out just what is being accomplished by camping out in public p... 16

  • The View From Away: The pessimist in the mirror has me worried

    People have been telling me I’m a pessimist for years. They may be right. Just my luck. What made me suspicious was where my head went when my son came home from his first semester at college. He did very well academically, made friends, managed his money pretty well, and became a... 1

  • Global Matters: The creation myth

    During this protracted period of national political paralysis, you may have heard the term “job creator” used on many occasions to describe our economy’s chosen people, i.e., the entrepreneurs and business owners whose skills, creativity and capital fuel the economy and make it ...

  • Letter: South Portland Food Cupboard gives thanks

    To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "How do we "thank you? Let me count the ways": For the many, many food donations from so many businesses and organizations. For all of you that supported these efforts, we are extremely grateful. For the many monetary donations, the donat...