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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...

  • Letter: Cowards hide behind anonymous opinion

    I have to say I'm deeply disappointed to read the The Forecaster is even considering the publication of anonymous letters in its print editions ("Editor's Notebook," Dec. 8-10). To my mind, the flood of uninformed, scurrilous, often illiterate garbage on media websites is an increasingly negative...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mr. President, why do you hate us?'

    Back on April Fool’s Day, when President Barack Obama spoke in support of health care reform at the Portland Exposition Building, among the tea party protesters outside was a lady carrying a sign that read “Mr. President, why do you hate us?” Eight months later, liberal D... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Coming out of the closet (again)

    I have a confession to make. I’m done living a lie. I’m coming out. Of the closet. No, I am not here to tell you, dear readers, that I am a lesbian. Although, during my seven years of dating, I have more than once considered taking the alternate path. No, when I say closet, I a...

  • Superintendent’s Notebook: Nothing wrong with kids these days

    I often hear phrases that start “Kids these days ...” and imply that youngsters are less thoughtful, caring or engaged than in past generations. Sometimes, people ask me, “What are young people thinking?” Or they remark, “I don’t know what’s happening w...

  • Letter: Process is the problem at Higgins Beach

    I want to address a comment from Councilor Ron Ahlquist that was directed at my remarks about the Higgins Beach Ad-Hoc Parking Committee at the Scarborough Town Council Meeting on Dec. 1. My statements about the inadequate representation of the town and the lack of option identification/ev...

  • Letter: Public access under attack at Higgins Beach

    Imagine a beautiful winter’s day, low tide, lots of beach to walk on, kids all bundled up, dog in the car, everyone excited to be going to Higgins Beach, and then you drive around looking for a parking spot and all you see are "No Parking" signs. That could be the reality this winter. ...

  • Letter: Falmouth school chief 'lost at sea'

    Falmouth School Superintendent Barbara Powers seems to be lost at sea. In a School Board meeting this year she didn’t know the correct number of students to teachers in the system, the number of teachers (FTEs) under her supervision (it’s 197.43, not the 180 Powers thought), she didn...

  • Letter: The failure of Beem's 'evolving liberal world'

    This is a response to Edgar Allen Beem’s “Universal Notebook” of Dec. 1-3. The particular subject was the appointments Gov.-elect Paul LePage made to his transition team. Beem characterized most of them as “tax-cappers, tea-partiers and (horror of horrors) constitutionalis... 1