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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: My toughest assignment

    Crafting a budget for the next school year was the most difficult assignment of my 22-year career. The Portland Public Schools face the loss of more than $6 million in state and federal funds. That forced us to make painful cuts, including a reduction of nearly 81 positions. Voluntary re...

  • The Universal Notebook: The case against public broadcasting

    Will wonders never cease? While writing about life in the same southern Maine communities for decades, Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon and I have never to my knowledge agreed about anything. Harmon is a hard-core conservative. I am a soft-hearted liberal. But I woke up this mor...

  • Letter: Check yes for Clean Elections

    It's that time of year again: tax season. This year, I’m checking yes for Clean Elections when I fill out my Maine income tax form. Checking yes supports Maine’s first-in-the-nation Clean Election system, but it doesn’t add anything to the tax bill. It’s simply a ...

  • Letter: Cumberland extraction rules affect most residents

    I am curious as to why there has been no mention that Elvin and Randy Copp have already clear-cut approximately 40 acres, filled in a small pond and screened and extracted tons of material on the Cumberland property that prompted a town review of rules for gravel pits and water removal. This prop...

  • Letter: Gravel pit decision in Cumberland has consequences for Falmouth

    I am writing in hope of making people in Cumberland and Falmouth aware of the potential for having a gravel pit developed in their backyard.  If you have been following the story involving Cumberland land along the Falmouth line, you know the controversy over a proposed gravel pit and c...

  • Letter: Falmouth critic's methods are harmful

    In recent months, The Forecaster printed several “paid political advertisements” from one Falmouth resident. These ads present a hodge-podge of statements littered with partial truths. For example, a recent ad suggested that the taxpayers of Falmouth are not represented during contrac... 1

  • Letter: Stan Bennett will not be forgotten

    I got to know Stan Bennett while working together on the Falmouth Planning Board. When the Tidewater Conservation Foundation collaborated with the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension to raise funds for a Learning Center on the Tidewater Farm conservation easement we convinced Stan to j...

  • Praise for Falmouth Town Council

    Falmouth is a unique community. When my wife and I moved back home to Maine over seven years ago to raise our children, we chose Falmouth for its schools and its sense of community. Falmouth truly promises a bright future for us all by doing an amazing job of encouraging economic growth while pr...