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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • Editorial: Where we stand on local issues

    There are several local ballot questions facing voters this year in cities and towns covered by The Forecaster. Here's where we stand on the issues: Portland Portland's current council-manager government functions well enough on the administrative level, but it is s...

  • Editorial: Maine needs a statesman, not an antagonist

    Reform Maine’s health-care system. Trim the size and scope of government. Stop shifting state costs to municipalities. Reduce welfare spending and require welfare recipients to work for their checks. Improve schools and student achievement. Stop taxing Mai...

  • Letter: Pownal feels impact of Route 136 closure

    With the closure of Route 136 in Auburn, traffic on our road has greatly increased. Poland Range Road is a gravel, unimproved road with many blind rises and curves, a campground, numerous horseback riders, joggers, walkers and pets. We had a neighborhood meeting attended by a dozen concerned cit...

  • The Universal Notebook: Just for the sake of argument

    The most frequent comment I get in person from readers (and this happens about once a day) is, “I don’t always agree with you, but I always look forward to reading your columns.” My most frequent reply is, “I don’t always agree with me either.” Of...

  • Letter: Fast times on Pownal Range Road

    Living on Poland Range Road in Pownal is not the way life should be. Twelve neighbors plus state Rep. David Webster and Sgt. Paul Thorpe from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department met Sunday, Oct. 24, due to frustration and anger at what is happening on our patch of country road. We ...

  • Global Matters: The Blaine House through a global lens

    Given the many issues facing Maine voters, and with all candidates, particularly gubernatorial candidates, running at full tilt to address kitchen-table issues of jobs, the economy and state government efficiency, it’s little wonder that there has been no discussion of globalization, export... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Beem too easily dismisses Cutler's education plan

    Rather than engaging in a thoughtful discussion about Eliot Cutler’s plan to improve Maine’s public education system, Edgar Allen Beem’s recent column about the independent candidate for governor deteriorated into a personal attack. That shouldn’t come as a surprise... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth stifles 'unpleasant truths'

    There’s a reason Maine has a Freedom of Access law. It is a means for people in Maine to shine a light on what government does when we are too busy living our own lives to be in the offices looking over the shoulders of those we trust with our tax dollars. Beth Franklin, chairwoman of the...