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  • To our readers: Early deadline for letters

    Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 5, the deadline for letters to the editor for next week's editions of The Forecaster is noon this Friday, Sept. 2. Letters should be emailed to editor@theforecaster.ne...

  • The Universal Notebook: Surviving the coming economic collapse

    Lately, rumors of a coming economic collapse, something far worse than 2008, have been creeping in around the edges of my life like the stench of something dead in the basement. And like the rotting corpse of something the cat dragged in, I’d like to be rid of it, but I don’t really w...

  • No Sugar Added: Any port, or garden, in a storm

    There’s nothing like a little hurricane to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the level-headed from the crazy. Being a woman who finds little reason to follow the weather (I prefer to open my eyes in the morning and allow mother nature to surprise me), I am...

  • Forecaster Forum: Mainers can handle voter registration changes

    You’re not smart enough to vote. Based on their rhetoric over the past few weeks, that seems to be what the Maine People’s Alliance and other fringe left-wing groups think of you. They’re pouring a huge amount of money and resources into a campaign to force a people&rsquo... 9

  • Letter: Facts refute Beem, with 1 exception

    Edgar Allen Beem complained recently that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” (whatever that is) of taxes. He is simply wrong on the facts. Based on the most recent full-year tax analysis available (2008), IRS data indicates that taxpayers in the top 1 percent of adjust... 2

  • Letter: School quality motivates Portland parents

    As teachers in one of Portland's most diverse schools, we were alarmed by the article in The Forecaster of Aug. 24 that claimed that “Students tend to flee city's most diverse schools.” Writer Emily Parkhurst implies that Portland is experiencing "white flight." Yet the pie charts in...

  • Letter: Beem uses too wide a brush on colleges

    I was pleased to see several favorable letters regarding Edgar Allen Beem’s column, as they reflected my usual reaction to his ideas and opinion. But alas, when I read “Education for Suckers" I was reminded how easy it is for even articulate and informed columnists to succumb to their... 3

  • Letter: Beem columns ignores some of the guilty

    It is a joy to return from vacation to find Edgar Allen Beem in such fine spleen as his "Blame it on the Poor ..." column. Beem will, however, need to enlarge his Paddy Wagon (perhaps to the size of President Obama's black and heavily armored Canadian-made campaign bus) to include a verita...