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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: Beem's college column takes cheap shot

    It seems to me that for-profit colleges have helped all of us. First of all, they meet a need for continuing education and earning degrees later in life that was ignored by most traditional colleges. They have been the trailblazers for the online courses and distance learning programs tha... 1

  • Letter: Brunswick Explorer provides benefits

    Regarding Fred Blanchard’s letter (“Trolley folly in Brunswick”), does he really believe that other modes of transportation pay for themselves? Public buses like the Brunswick Explorer, along with trains, ferries, airports and roads, are all transportation options provide...

  • Letter: Proud to agree with Beem

    Edgar Allen Beem seems to get a lot of flak so I’d like to say that I enjoy reading his column (and I would bet all his naysayers do as well) and agree with every word he says. The gentleman who wrote to debate Beem on progressive taxation I believe misses the point: of course the su...

  • To our readers: Early deadline for letters

    Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 5, the deadline for letters to the editor for next week's editions of The Forecaster is noon this Friday, Sept. 2. Letters should be emailed to editor@theforecaster.ne...

  • The Universal Notebook: Surviving the coming economic collapse

    Lately, rumors of a coming economic collapse, something far worse than 2008, have been creeping in around the edges of my life like the stench of something dead in the basement. And like the rotting corpse of something the cat dragged in, I’d like to be rid of it, but I don’t really w...

  • No Sugar Added: Any port, or garden, in a storm

    There’s nothing like a little hurricane to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the level-headed from the crazy. Being a woman who finds little reason to follow the weather (I prefer to open my eyes in the morning and allow mother nature to surprise me), I am...

  • Forecaster Forum: Mainers can handle voter registration changes

    You’re not smart enough to vote. Based on their rhetoric over the past few weeks, that seems to be what the Maine People’s Alliance and other fringe left-wing groups think of you. They’re pouring a huge amount of money and resources into a campaign to force a people&rsquo... 9

  • Letter: Facts refute Beem, with 1 exception

    Edgar Allen Beem complained recently that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” (whatever that is) of taxes. He is simply wrong on the facts. Based on the most recent full-year tax analysis available (2008), IRS data indicates that taxpayers in the top 1 percent of adjust... 2