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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Letter: Scontras' claims 'inaccurate,' 'disingenuous'

    In a recent edition of The Forecaster, congressional candidate Dean Scontras cited the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office  in addressing the national debt. However, Scontras disregarded the CBO’s estimate that President Obama’s stimulus plan created and saved between 1.4 a...

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 3

    Over the past two decades Maine voters have overwhelmingly supported Land for Maine’s Future bonds which have helped protect 26 sites in Cumberland and York counties alone. Local projects include trails along the Presumpscot River in Portland, woodlands in Falmouth, two seabird nesting isla...

  • The Universal Notebook: The meat of the matter

    Are you a vegetarian? Neither am I, but we probably should be, both for the good of our bodies and of our souls. In a recent newspaper column entitled “How Will the Future Judge Us?,” Princeton University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah prophesizes that posterity will...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community donates generously for student eyeglasses

    OK, confession time. I felt scared as I prepared to address the Portland Regional Chamber for the first time at last month’s "Eggs & Issues” program. This wasn’t stage fright. I’ve done plenty of public speaking. But I’d never used my position as a scho...

  • Forecaster Forum: Charter Commission gambles with Portland's future

    The Charter Commission is proposing a change in how Portland governs itself, asking citizens to gamble that a full-time elected mayor with a four-year term of office can produce better government than our current arrangement of a city manager reporting to a nine-member City Council. This i...

  • Forecaster Forum: We all share responsibility for the death of Tyler Clementi

    No doubt Tyler Clementi’s college roommate thought it would be hilarious to video record then broadcast the 18-year-old promising violinist, whom he earlier outed, in an intimate gay encounter. No doubt he called it an innocent prank. Not funny. Maybe now, a hate crime. Let us be cl... 2

  • Letter: Stop the madness, vote for Thomas

    The old definition of insanity has applied to Maine electoral politics for too long. People keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Continuing to send the same Democratic Party majority to the Legislature in Augusta while expecting they will somehow stop drowning Maine&rsquo...

  • Letter: Serious support for Woodbury

    The times are tough, and the issues require solutions. As Maine goes so goes the nation, which gives me great optimism because we live in a great state and state Senate District 11 has a great candidate in Dick Woodbury. Dick is rare candidate who listens and engages with his fellow citiz...