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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • 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...

  • Letter: School rules apply to everyone (columnists, too)

    It was disappointing to see Sandi Amorello use her recent column to malign Cape Elizabeth schools. The situation she described is an all too common one: she ma...