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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Forecaster Forum: It's an up-and-down life for artists in Maine

    The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstan...

  • Letter: Tracks are for trains, trails are for people

    Both Falmouth and Cumberland have discussed a possible quiet zone implementation to come with the Downeaster’s new trains each day. Some residents have questioned how trains not blowing their whistles might affect safety for people who use the tracks recreationally. The improvements... 2

  • Letter: Scarborough needs limits on fireworks

    Scarborough recently rejected a ban on consumer fireworks, so that effective Jan. 1 it will be legal for residents to set off fireworks between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 365 days a year. This is in direct violation of the existing noise ordinance, which states that “loud, offensive noises are proh... 10

  • Letter: Brunswick deserves better from rail authority

    For all of the "misinformation" Wayne Davis claims to find in Patrick Rael's Nov. 14 letter regarding Amtrak's proposed Brunswick layover facility, he agrees on two points: only in April were plans to locate the facility in Brunswick made public, and the original Downeaster plan provided only two...

  • Letter: Greely H.S. program appreciates support

    Upon reflecting about what the holiday season is all about, I would like to thank the businesses that have supported Greely High School's Employment for Education program. We have students in the life skills program who will not go the traditional route of college after high school. To support th...

  • Letter: Buy local, even if it's inconvenient

    I'm writing to tell Sandi Amorello (No Sugar Added: "Buy local ( I dare you)") that she has the concept of "buy local" all wrong. Sales girls aren't supposed to keep shops open late for people who show up late. Making threats to small business is not the way to support them. Buying local i...

  • Editorial: That was the week that was your right to know

    If you're an advocate for freedom of information and Maine's Freedom of Access Act, it was a pull-your-hair-out kind of week. In Brunswick, town councilors and the town manager held an unannounced, private meeting with representatives of the Brunswick West neighborhood group. Then in Freep... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: The 10 best films of all time

    Seeing Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris" a few weeks ago reminded me what I like so much about Woody Allen. He’s an existentialist. His imagination and humor are rooted in reality. I’ve never cared at all for sci-fi, fantasy or horror in books or movies, but Allen’s... 4