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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: State rep. urges use of 'Circuit Breaker'

    Applications for refunds of up to $1,600 are available for property taxes or rent paid in 2010. The state refund program, called “Circuit Breaker,” provides middle and low-income Maine residents with a partial refund of local property taxes and/or rent paid on their primary residence....

  • Letter: Think carefully about 'smart' meters

    Our primary electricity provider, Central Maine Power, is offering us three "smart meter" choices. We can select the free unit that sends and receives thousands of amplified wireless signals a day between our meter and a third-party company that traps and sells our data with us paying for ...

  • Letter: Beem's analysis is on target

    I should have written this letter years ago. Edgar Allen Beem rocks. Last week's column on the future Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was another in a long line of outstanding, incisive works. I like The Forecaster, and mean no insult to it by saying thi...

  • Letter: Yarmouth watershed trust appreciates column

    We at Royal River Conservation Trust would like to thank Ed Beem for recognizing one of our preserves in his column. We are excited and proud of the work that's been done by our organization to conserve important working and natural landscapes of the Royal River watershed. We strive to protect ...

  • The Universal Notebook: A day of GOP prayer and fasting

    As a liberal Democrat and a lifelong member of the progressive United Church of Christ, I welcome Gov. Paul LePage’s declaration of Aug. 6 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting. It’s high time that LePage and his conservative Republican cronies realized that they have a lot to repent for and... 9

  • The View from Away: The pride and joy of karaoke

    Recently I overheard my son use “karaoke” as a code word for “lame.” But here’s the thing: Bob and his prep school friends are wrong. So was I for years. Karaoke was an alcohol-fueled joke, a pastime for wannabe Sinatras, Billy Idols and Lady Gagas. Until t...

  • Global Matters: Life in the LePage administration imitates art

    During these especially sultry weeks of the short Maine summer, these weeks in which the mercury rises and we assure the tourists it isn’t usually so hot, during these weeks when patience frays and tempers flare, when politicians take the country to the brink, let us turn to the bible for s...

  • Forecaster Forum: Bullying bill is necessary and fair

    Bullying in schools is a serious problem. It affects a student’s ability to learn, and can create a hostile and frightening environment for the victims of bullying. It’s hard to understand why anyone would oppose legislation that protects our students from bullying. Yet, House ...