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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: Blame the system, not conservatives

    In his recent column, Edgar Allen Beem proclaims that “conservatives blame the poor for requiring expensive services." One need only read Christine Rousselle’s Forecaster For... 1

  • Letter: Beem, Rousselle instruct, each in their own way

    As I write this letter on Christmas Day, I give thanks to all that conspires to teach me about life, including the sacred and the profane. In terms of the sacred, I thank Edgar Allen Beem for fearlessly giving voice to the progressive view and especially for

  • Letter: Alarmed by Rousselle's attitude, outlook

    I read with dismay Christine Rousselle’s meditation on wisdom gained as a Walmart cashier (Dec. 19 Forecaster Forum). I was particularly alarmed by the violence implicit in the...

  • Letter: Rousselle's time at Walmart wasn't well spent

    Christine Rousselle isn’t just a Walmart employee writing unbiased in last week's Forecaster Forum. She’s heavily involved in right-wing causes. Her stated dream is to be... 1

  • Letter: Beem talks well, should walk, too

    Weekly I grab a copy of The Forecaster to see upon what rant Edgar Allen Beem will embark. Beem rarely disappoints me and this week offered no exception. Here is a completely negative piece against Gov. LePage predicated upon Beem’s statement “profits before people,” as if this ...

  • Letter: Brunswick West is best for town, Amtrak

    In his letter of Dec. 16, Dan Sullivan states that what we need to do is view all Amtrak layover facility sites objectively, elevate all stakeholders to equal status and end the "political theater." Good news on the first count: all sites have already been analyzed objectively. We know Brunswic... 5

  • 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