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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • Letter: Film festival ads borrow from a classic

    Recently, The Forecaster has been running ads for the Maine Jewish Film Festival that include the headline, "You don't have to be Jewish to love these films."  Pictured in the ad are people such as a priest. Clever, yes. Original, no.   Back i...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let them eat egg salad

    Though it is safe to say that I am not a very discerning diner, I began to understand last week why Big Macs and Whoppers always seem to make me a little nauseous. It might be that “pink slime,” the ammonia-treated beef trimmings spun into a USDA-approved hamburger helper. Next they&r... 2

  • The View From Away: The unfunny truth behind the '3 biggest lies' joke

    When I was doing standup, I would get corporate gigs, which often began with the guy from marketing telling the “three biggest lies” joke.  The corporate world was more rigid then, and marketing was where the rebels hung out. It wasn’t unusual to see a marketing guy ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland school budget hike an investment in our future

    The past six months have brought lots of good news for the Portland Public Schools. Our students’ test scores rose dramatically. We received a clean bill of health from our auditors. The School Board adopted a comprehensive plan framework to guide the district. We were awarded the la...

  • Letter: Scarborough-South Portland trail a success

    As a frequent rider from my home in Scarborough to Bug Light Park in South Portland, I’ve been looking forward to the Wainright Fields-to-Broadway section of the Eastern Trail emerging from under the snow. On a recent sunny Saturday the number of other cyclists, joggers, walkers, and parent...

  • Letter: Brunswick school group leader dislikes headline

    A headline like the one The Forecaster chose for the recent article, "PTO head: Brunswick school budget gets it wrong,"

  • Letter: Story a boon for Cumberland rider

    I'm writing to extend thanks and appreciation for the article, "Cumberland woman to bike 4,000 miles to fight cancer," about...

  • Letter: South Portland Farmers Market warrants sign

    I have lived in South Portland all my life and have watched Knightville go from a vibrant downtown shopping area to a place where businesses are struggling to stay alive.  Last summer, when the Farmers Market was in that area, I saw more cars, bicycles and walkers in that neighborhood than...