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  • Policy Wonk: Thanks to LePage, Maine leaks revenue in 2 ways

    Gov. Paul LePage is nothing if not relentless in pursuit of a tea party fiscal agenda. He would directly cut state taxes (primarily for wealthy individuals and corporations) and indirectly give money to corporations by expanding and/or creating new tax expenditures, i.e., tax forgiveness, ...

  • Letter: Han has the qualities for Falmouth board

    Voters in Falmouth have a great chance this year to elect a hard-working and conscientious candidate to the School Board. Cindy Han has significant volunteer experience in the school system and her three children are current Falmouth students or recent graduates. As the former chairwoman of the b...

  • No Sugar Added: Tidings of comfort, joy and toilet tissue

    As I drove my daughter home from her first semester of college last week, we both happily noted that this year neither of us feels as if we truly “need” or “want” anything for Christmas. And I thought, “Wow. What a wonderful feeling this is.” It clearly...

  • The Universal Notebook: Is it really more blessed to give?

    As we are in the holiday season, a traditional season of charitable giving, I have been considering what the Bible asks of us in terms of generosity. In many ways, it’s a mixed message. Acts 20:35 tell us, “In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the wea... 7

  • Forecaster Forum: Becoming a citizen without batting an eye

    On Dec. 16, the U.S. District Court in Portland was packed with newly minted U.S. citizens and those of us who were there to cheer them on. The more than 40 people who took their oath that day came from 19 different countries, an immigration officer told us, but by the end of the ceremony ...

  • Forecaster Forum: My time at Walmart: Why we need serious welfare reform

    During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Walmart in Scarborough. I spent hours upon hours toiling away at a register, scanning, bagging, and dealing with questionable clientele. These were all expected parts of the job, and I was OK with it. What I didn’t expect to be ... 27

  • Superintendent's Notebook: From civil rights to plate tectonics: A week in the life of Portland’s schools

    Learning takes place in hundreds of ways each day in the classrooms of the Portland Public Schools. Sometimes, it’s loud and exuberant. Other times, children quietly calculate equations, sketch a still life, edit an essay. Our teachers create the conditions for learning and nudge i...

  • Letter: HolidayFest a success in South Portland

    More than 1,500 people came to South Portland's Mill Creek Park on Dec. 2 to kick off the festive season, making HolidayFest 2011 a huge success. In the park, people enjoyed the sounds of holiday carols performed by the South Portland High School and Middle School choruses; horse-drawn carriage ...

  • Letter: Falmouth church prepares for future

    On behalf of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, I wish to thank The Forecaster for its coverage of the church’s renovation plans in the Dec. 15 edition. We would like to take the opportunity to provide an important correction: The work will increase the Parish House space ...

  • Letter: Sad season for SAD 51 parent

    My family is steeped in the Greely tradition; my children are the third generation to attend Greely High School. I was very disappointed to discover that one entire week in late October was devoted to the celebration of gay, lesbian and trans-sexual lifestyles at the high school. A movie was sh... 5