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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: Brunswick needs behaviorial teachers, classes

    In response to Emily Guerin’s recent article, "Brunswick school struggles without behavioral program", we implore this community to put proactive programming in place to assi...

  • Letter: Cumberland Farmers Market appreciates host, customers

    On behalf of the Cumberland Farmers Market Association, please consider this a giant thank you to Allen, Sterling & Lothrop Garden Center. This is the third winter their generosity has provided our farmers market a winter home in the greenhouse on Route 1 in Falmouth. Through the long dark ...

  • Letter: A little discussion would go a long way

    In the Jan. 5 issue of The Forecaster, Edgar Allen Beem caricatured the opinions that liberals and conservatives have of one another, successfully capturing the prejudices that are contributing to the polarization of our political system. I thought he did a good job, but behind the prejudices are... 1

  • Letter: Park at your own financial risk in Portland

    Before we know what is really happening, it will be virtually impossible to park in Portland without getting a ticket, a boot, or a tow. It has already hit a high-water mark where it is impossible to keep abreast of all the different ways there are to receive a substantial fine. In these really t... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: The more things change, the more they change

    "I put a dollar in one of those change machines," George Carlin used to say. "Nothing changed." Carlin must never have worked at a weekly community newspaper. Here, change is inevitable, and recently it has seemed like someone has been stuffing lots of dollars into the change machine. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just say no to growth

    If you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve probably noticed how the pendulum swings back and forth between economic development schemes when times are tough and growth management strategies when the economy is booming. A lot of people are beginning to realize, however, tha... 3

  • No Sugar Added: Put the customer back in customer service

    There are certain things for which a woman must be in an appropriate mood: visiting with in-laws, attending an elementary school band concert, lunch-time sex – and calling a company to resolve any dispute involving billing or payment. After experiencing a week overflowing with exampl...

  • Letter: Bain is bad, unless you're a Democrat

    Is Bain Capital some evil example of free enterprise, or capitalism’s competition? Or is it perfect preparation for watching your country’s finances? When the alum is Mitt Romney, Bain is bad. But  when it’s a feature of the resume of the president’s new dep...