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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Power shortage for Portland mayor

    In the recent story by Randy Billings about the candidates for Portland mayor he misses the most important detail about the new mayor's "power" of vetoing the city budget. That is not that it can be overturned by six city councilors, but that it first takes seven councilors to pass the budget.

  • Editorial: Are the wheels on the bus coming off?

    If you're the parent of a student who rides public school buses in greater Portland and you haven't given a second thought to who is driving your child to and from school, an investigation b... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Read my lips: Raise taxes

    Can you believe that the Maine Legislature is seriously considering cutting the state’s top income tax rate from 7.95 percent to 4 percent, a move that could cause a loss of $500 million in revenue on top of the $400 million in revenue lost to earlier tax cuts? You’d think the ... 19

  • No Sugar Added: Unfeathering the nest

    As one gets closer and closer to labor and delivery, there is a phenomenon that occurs – widely known as “nesting.” I remember this fondly from when I was pregnant with my first child, the lovely Ophelia. She was due on Dec. 23. A holiday baby. On Jan. 3, she had yet t...

  • Forecaster Forum: Scarborough should reject Wentworth School proposal

    SCARBOROUGH — Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said "It's like deja vu all over again." This quote is very applicable to the latest proposed referendum question for the Wentworth Intermediate School. Five years ago a $38.3 million ballot question was overwhelmingly rejected by...

  • Letter: Bath Iron Works action doesn't make sense

    I was appalled to learn that Bath Iron Works just laid off around 25 percent of it's engineering staff, almost entirely consisting of their youngest, most promising employees. With BIW struggling, considering their decision to bid for contracts on Coast Guard cutter ships in between destroyer con...

  • Letter: Brunswick Explorer offers vital service

    My children don't have driver licenses for personal reasons and the Brunswick Explorer has been a godsend. It allows them the ability to get to appointments, shopping, jobs, even meet friends for lunch or dinner, all without having to ask for a ride or take a very expensive cab ride, which used ...

  • Letter: Reader appreciates Guerin's work

    Just a short note to say that Emily Guerin, the productive reporter for the Mid-Coast Forecaster, is a fine journalist. Her stories are well organized, lively and unbiased. Anecdotes she includes make for fun reading, as in, "Just after 3 p.m. Friday, Casey Brey's feet floated 6 feet off the gro...