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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Global Matters: Bowling for health care

    Back in 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Newton N. Minnow, a respected Chicago attorney, to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Shortly after his appointment, Minnow addressed the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters and challenged ... 1

  • Letter: Trolley folly in Brunswick

    Many of you may have seen the bus called the Brunswick Explorer. I will relate my $1 ride. There were three other passengers when I boarded and on the entire circuit no one else got on. Talking with the driver I found out there are three buses to cover the routes, one in East Brunswick, the othe...

  • Letter: Falmouth decision sends chilling message

    I have been avoiding driving past the Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools ever since the community center project was voted down because I am so filled with grief. The town’s decision to reject the proposal marked the moment when I can no longer feel that Falmouth is my home. I was a stude...

  • Letter: Beem provides enlightenment

    The Aug. 17 edition of The Forecaster had four letters to the editor, three being anti-Edgar Allen Beem. Most letters about him disagree with him, some vehemently; the more conservative the writers the more vehement they are. I assume liberal readers probably agree with most of what he writes, bu...

  • Letter: Couldn't agree more with Beem

    I just picked up The Forecaster in order to read Edgar Allen Beem's opinion column, as I always do prior to getting on the ferry to Diamond Cove. I read "Blame it on the poor, Standard & Poor's, that is." I have to say that I couldn't agree more and further have to add that I continua...

  • Letter: Beem deserves a Pulitzer

    If there is a weekly newspaper category for Pulitzer Prize opinion writing, please submit Edgar Allen Beem's column, "Smarten Up, America." Beem should not despair. Hopefully, our education system will ultimately teach Americans – liberals, conservatives, et. al. – the basics ...

  • Letter: It takes stupid to know stupid

    In support of his proposition that "American politicians are too stupid to govern," Edgar Allen Beem cites Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whom he describes as a "right-wing idealogue." Presumably, Mr. Beem reached this conclusion because Ryan had the temerity to propose a plan which would reduce govern... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Blame it on the poor, Standard & Poor's, that is

    Let’s face it, I don’t know squat about the U.S. economy. You don’t know squat about the U.S. economy either. We just do our jobs. We work hard. We pay our bills. We pay our taxes. It’s not our faults the economy is in a tailspin and taking us down with it. A quarte... 8