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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: Don't let Doyle's effort die in Falmouth

    To all of you who heard Michael Doyle in his campaign for a seat on the Falmouth School Board and voted what you heard, keep up the good work. The effort was just the first skirmish, not the war. Keeping the momentum going is now the challenge. Attend the Monday board meetings, make yours...

  • Letter: Falmouth councilor insults voters

    Did Falmouth Town Councilor Fred Chase really call the community center plan a “lame-brained idea”? That’s an insult to the many people who worked to develop the plan and generate support for it. The plan received far more votes than Chase ever did. People will remember...

  • To our readers: Early holiday deadline for next week's letters

    Offices of the The Forecaster will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4.  Because of that, the deadline for letters to the editor intended for publication next week is noon this Friday, July 1. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

  • The Universal Notebook: North Woods park? Raye says nay

    On one hand, I’m sure the vast majority of Maine citizens want to protect Maine’s precious natural environment. On the other hand, I’m guessing the majority of Maine citizens do not yet support, as I do, the creation of a North Woods National Park in Maine. Thanks to a sn... 5

  • No Sugar Added: Whose bed is this, anyway?

    My mom was visiting recently, ostensibly for the graduations of two of her beloved grandchildren. The real reason she visits, of course, is because she so enjoys the fact that we have no guest room. This limits Louise’s sleeping options to the sofa (which could give even a 12-year-ol...

  • Letter: Falmouth library board seeks input

    On behalf of the Falmouth Memorial Library board of trustees, I would like to thank the residents of Falmouth for the encouragement they have given us during our efforts to find more space. One of the most rewarding elements of this whole process has been meeting people of all ages and hearing t...

  • Letter: Vote displays Falmouth's strong center

    Three lessons I took from last week’s election results: 1 — We want strong, excellent schools. The civic noise generated by individuals and groups who claim we spend too much on our schools was far out of proportion to their showing at the polls. Falmouth voters overwhelmingl...

  • Letter: Close loopholes, don't cut benefits

    As a retiree and a member of AARP, I am writing in defense of Maine’s seniors who are now threatened by Congress in its attempt to resolve the debt ceiling crisis. There are proposals being considered by Congress that would make harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of...