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  • The View From Away: Re-imagining USM will take more than reversing cuts

    The news that officials will reverse some proposed cuts to the University of Southern Maine budget is a mixed blessing. It is a blessing in that it would be a mistake to balance the university’s budget disproportionately on the back of arts and humanities programs that, while more ch...

  • The Right View: Sympathy for a Democrat? You've come to the wrong place

    My first "political memory," if you will, is of eavesdropping in the hallway as a child. I was listening to my family just shred Jimmy Carter on election night, and I felt sorry for him. It was 1976. I was 7 years old, and it was the last time I ever had any sympathy for a Democrat.

  • Forecaster Forum: Not the time for a new City Hall in South Portland

    Now is not the time to be thinking about a new South Portland City Hall. There are more pressing priorities for city capital expenditures, especially given the current economic conditions: • The high school renovation issue has worked its way to the top of the priority list. I ...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer shows care, concern

    I always had within me a deep sense of gratitude having the Falmouth Flyer at my doorstep. It has proved to me that our town fathers have not cast aside the elderly and other citizens. In these days of economic and other distress, the Town Council continues to value its older citizens as much as ...

  • Letter: LePage for governor

    Most are aware that Paul LePage faced a turning point in his life. At 11, his misfortune closely mirrors words of a poem, “The Fighter”: “I fight a battle every day, Against discouragement and fear, Some foe stands always in my way, The path ahead is never clear.” The poem...

  • Letter: Payne sets a standard in Falmouth

    Tony Payne has taken the right approach with his recent "eating crow" response. I encourage all Falmouth town councilors to be as open, honest, sincere and mindful of public service as Tony. There are some tough decisions that need to be made. These economic times challenge us all. The per...

  • Letter: Beem misses dip, also misses the point

    Clam dip sounds about as appealing to me as lobster roe in toasted marshmallows. While I grieve Edgar Allen Beem’s loss of access to his favorite brand ("The Universal Noteb... 1

  • No Sugar Added: The way to this woman's heart is through your refrigerator

    Ever since the day in early June that I was asked to write for The Forecaster, I’ve been drifting off to sleep each evening, fully expecting to bolt upright at 2:30 a.m., awakened by some divinely inspired idea for this, my first column. Alas, while I am thrilled to tell you that I a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Add a dash of irreverence and a pinch of biology, but hold the extra sugar

    This week I'm pleased to introduce two new faces at The Forecaster: Sandi Amorello and Victoria Fischman. Amorello, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the latest addition to our Opinion pages. If you're familiar with her website,

  • The Universal Notebook: How to be a grandmother

    When baby Jackson, our first grandchild, arrived July 1 at 4:14 a.m., I was asleep in the back of the car in the hospital parking lot and Carolyn was in the delivery room with Hannah. She called me on my cell phone to let me know I was a grandfather. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled out of the car ...