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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • Editor's Notebook: Guerin goes west, Hongoltz-Hetling comes east

    This week's story about Kestrel Aircraft Co. is another solid piece of reporting and writing by award-winning staff writer Emily Guerin. It's also her final story for The Forecaster. Emily was a freelance writer before she joined our staff, and it wasn't easy to lure her into a staff posit...

  • The Universal Notebook: All judges are activist judges

    In his March 23 decision in the Maine labor history mural case, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock concluded that Gov. Paul LePage was simply engaging in legal “government speech” when he ordered the mural removed from the Department of Labor waiting room sight unseen. &l... 16

  • The View From Away: How can he be in 2 places at once when he’s not anywhere at all?

    The first time I heard Firesign Theatre, I think it was 1968. I could research it, but doing your homework is such a hassle. Besides, this is the Opinion page. If I start getting my facts straight, they’re going to want everybody to do it.  If you don’t know 2

  • Short Relief: McCormick's departure from Maine State Housing Authority was tardy, inevitable

    The Maine State Housing Authority is charged by statute with a wide range of powers and duties. Among them are to analyze the state’s housing needs, construct and operate housing projects, clear slums and create low-income housing, buy and sell mortgages, assist with weatherization and ener...

  • Letter: Obama motorcade sends the wrong message

    While driving home on Friday evening I was among hundreds, possibly over a thousand vehicles held stationary by state troopers at the Route 9 Jetport intersection for the passing of the presidential motorcade.

  • Letter: Takings compromise has strong bipartisan support

    Maine’s legislative Judiciary Committee has wrestled with a controversial bill (LD1810) that would have allowed property owners to sue the state if they felt a new state law reduced the value of their property by 50 percent. Such a measure might seem reasonable, bu...

  • Letter: Governor isn't capable of transformation

    I enjoyed reading Perry Newman's parody to help Gov. LePage see himself in the mirror. What I've learned about abuse and abusers is that they don't stop when treated with gentility, reason or kindness. LePage makes show of his abusive past, but fails to recognize he is "passing on" abuse to 1.3 m...

  • Letter: Brunswick rep responds to debate challenge

    I am looking forward to meeting everyone this campaign season at the doors, around town and at community debates and forums. Despite the challenges with our governor, we have been able to protect many important laws and programs and I am looking forward to talking about the challenges, issues and...