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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...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage, Bowen let down public schools

    The LePage administration’s education agenda, it should come as no surprise to anyone, comes straight out of the ultra-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council playbook, by way of the ultra-conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, by way of the ultra-conservative Commissioner of... 9

  • Letter: Count on folks in Freeport, Pownal

    Since December, we have witnessed the generosity of Freeport and Pownal citizens on repeated occasions. Celebrating Freeport Community Services’ (FCS) mission of neighbor helping neighbor, an increasing number of people have contributed record donations through FCS’s White Nights Fun...

  • Forecaster Forum: Brunswick School Dept. fails to plan, plans for bailout

    The Brunswick School Department is in full five-alarm posture over the budget for the coming school year. A full three months before town budget hearings begin, they’re knocking on doors, sending out emails, scheduling public meetings, and otherwise doing everything they can to convi... 9

  • The View From Away: This limited-edition, one-of-a-kind beer is for you, Maine

    One of the many reasons I love Maine is it hasn’t been completely taken over by the mass culture/franchise system. Los Angeles has some good qualities, but the constant barrage of slick consumerism wears you down. Sure, there are still successful unique small businesses, but you hav...

  • Letter: Zoning request is a bad deal for Freeport

    Freeport’s Town Council should deny Seacoast United’s new zoning change request. This latest effort to pave the way for the construction of a 62,000-square-foot building is just an effort to get around the planning board’s November ruling that such a building and business don&rs...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Grant opens a world of possibilities for Portland schools

    It’s hard to keep a secret, especially one with great news for the thousands of young people who attend Portland’s public high schools. But that’s what I had to do for two, long months. We got word in mid-December that the Nellie Mae Education Foundation had awarded a mu...

  • Letter: Nothing crazy about Ron Paul's beliefs

    With regard to our “Crazy Uncle” Ron Paul, if Edgar Allen Beem were nearly as bright and informed as he’d like us to think... 7

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Bath sister-city program

    On behalf of the board of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program, thank you to the many community members who contributed to the success of our first Japan culture celebration. And to the people who...