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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • No Sugar Added: The agony of the feet

    If the stock market had the same rate of growth as my children’s feet, we’d really be living large. Today I had the pleasure of, once again, making the annual pilgrimage to the ski shop; to grimace as the ski shop boys (can they really be called men when they say things like &l... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: The case for moving Falmouth Memorial Library

    The trustees of Falmouth Memorial Library deeply appreciate the Town Council’s November vote that recognized the library’s need for space and goal to identify a flexible solution reflecting the programming space recommendations of library consultant Nolan Lushington. A diverse ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Resolve, not rage, after slight by LePage

    I admit I was quite surprised when Gov. Paul LePage’s camp announced that no poetry would be read at his inauguration. As the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance – a 35-year-old nonprofit devoted to enriching the cultural life of Maine by supporting the l... 1

  • Letter: Lions roar in South Portland

    In the time of year when we emphasize giving and sharing and community heroes, we would do well to acknowledge the Lions Clubs International, the oldest community service organization in the world. An outstanding local example is the South Portland Lions Club, which through volunteerism since 19...

  • Letter: Praise for Roy, Scarborough councilors

    I would like to publicly thank the chairwoman of the Scarborough Town Council, Judith Roy, for the way she handled the Jan. 5 public hearing on parking at Higgins Beach. The measures she took to restrain the continued unsubstantiated vilification of the Surfrider Foundation as well as the ...

  • Letter: Dodge doesn't deserve newspaper's attention

    I was surprised that tea party activist Andrew Ian Dodge merited a major article in The Forecaster. What does he have to offer the state of Maine besides sassy quotes and a belligerent manner? Dodge's stance as a libertarian is facilitated, it seems, by significant financial and hou...

  • Letter: Falmouth dropped the ball on blood drive

    The Red Cross conducted the largest blood drive in the history of Maine on Dec. 30, 2010, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Because of the holidays and snow storms, blood supplies are low at all Maine hospitals. These conditions called for desperate measures by the Red Cross, and Fairp...

  • Short Relief: Maine must use its natural advantages

    It took me about four years of trying to get a job in Maine. So long that I had given up hope of ever getting one. At the time, I had been living in Washington, D.C., for about 12 years. I had been married for about five. I was daunted by the prospect of trying to raise our children in ...