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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The flag isn't South Carolina's only problem

    There is an old Scottish proverb with more than a little Biblical linkage: “Confession is good for the soul.” Always aspiring to provide goodness to the soul (mine or to others) I go forth today with a timely and topical deep-fried confession. For many years now I’ve held...

  • Capitol Notebook: Country finds grace, LePage faces a fall from it

    Friday, June 26, dawned like many recent June days; gray clouds hung in, and an unexpected rain had dampened the ground over the night. When that day ended, the world had shifted, moved by two stunning events. The United States Supreme Court affirmed that same-sex marriage is legal ...

  • Letter: NYA Class of '61 gives back

    What does it mean when a high school class reunites after 50 years? Reconnections and recollections of times spent together? In the case of the North Yarmouth Academy Class of 1961 it also means saying thank-you to a town that gave them so many memories. How to give a long-distance hug to the tow...

  • Letter: Freeport candidate appreciates support

    I want to give my heart-felt and deepest thanks to everyone who supported me in the recent Freeport Town Council election. It was my first time running for public office and I was clearly the underdog. Nevertheless, out of the 2,976 votes cast, I came within just 98 votes of winning the at-larg...

  • Holiday deadline for letters

    Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there is an early deadline for letters to the editor intended for publication in next week's editions of The Forecaster. Letters should be emailed to editor@theforecaster.net n...

  • Letter: Energy petition gets warm response in Cumberland

    My wife Sally and I spent the morning of Election Day at the polls in Cumberland gathering signatures for a citizen’s initiative to increase the proportion of Maine’s energy use derived from renewable sources – such as solar, hydro power, and wind – to 20 percent by t... 5

  • Letter: Egan thanks Freeport voters, Migliaccio

    I want to thank the voters of Freeport’s District 3 for their support. I had a terrific experience over the course of the Town Council race, meeting residents in their homes and at the Post Office and hearing many great ideas on how to make Freeport even better. I thank everyone for shari...

  • The Universal Notebook: Smart ALEC, LePage and the unconstitutional right

    Gov. Paul LePage has now proposed mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. Unless he thinks needing financial assistance is reason enough to suspect illegal drug use, he ought to understand that what he is proposing is very likely unconstitutional. Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed an... 16

  • The View from Away: Parenting is a dish best served at team dinner

    The soccer season ended recently, marking the start of the constantly-asking-your-mother-when-the-team-banquet-is season. Elizabeth was the manager of the girls’ varsity soccer team for Portland High School. Carol and I made sure to attend practices and games, both to give her moral...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine shouldn't favor small schools over large, or rural over urban

    School funding in Maine has changed, and its impact does not bode well for students in most larger schools districts across the state. You may remember that one issue that was quickly pushed through the Legislature was a bill sponsored by Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry: An Act to Res...