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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...

  • 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...

  • The Universal Notebook: Worried about wireless?

    This summer I had the opportunity to spend several weeks researching the contentious issues surrounding the wireless "smart" meters that Central Maine Power is installing all over its coverage area. Often I already have an opinion on a subject when I begin researching it, but in the case o... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: In memory of 'The Mike-arazzi': Check up, or check out

    We lost a friend and valued member of The Forecaster extended family this week. For the last five years, the work of freelance photographer Michael Barriault has been a regular part of the newspaper. But on Sunday, Michael died after an all-too-brief battle against cancer. Michael c... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Come on, Bub, move it!

    Are you as sick and tired as I am of all the road construction projects and resultant traffic tie-ups around greater Portland this summer? You’re trying to get somewhere and all these other stupid motorists are in your way. What are they doing on your road anyway, right? Don’t ... 3

  • The View From Away: If he's trying to hurt me, it's working

    It’s only now, when it’s too late, that I can see it all clearly. Your son comes into your life, makes you think he needs you, makes you think you’re important and then, step by step he takes it all away. Sometimes literally step by step. I just get used to him being a b...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A plan for Portland's future

    Many of us have been involved in strategic planning initiatives. Private industry, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and schools across the country work tirelessly on such plans. The attitudes of those asked to write the plans range from enthusiasm to dread. As you migh...

  • Forecaster Forum: Wentworth school project will strengthen Scarborough

    After reading last week's Forum by Jeffrey Messer, I would like to give the voters of Scarborough the correct information regarding the proposed Wentworth Intermediate School replacement project. As a practicing architectural designer for 13 years, I understand all aspects of schematic des... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth school reflects community

    I had the great fortune to be one of the almost 300 people to attend the dedication ceremony of Falmouth's new elementary school. It was a perfect day to officially open the doors and welcome our community inside to share in what we all built together. Our school is an achievement in it's ... 1