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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: No on Falmouth Question 1

    There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of the Falmouth Memorial Library. Everyone is trying to predict the future in the digital age. For me, the referendum gets clearer by looking at the past. I was on the library’s capital campaign committee in 1993. We were charge...

  • A reminder about letters

    The final deadline for submitting letters to the editor about upcoming elections and ballot questions is Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), at noon. Complete guidelines for letters are online at theforecaster.net/page/contact-us.

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth can't afford not to approve Question 1

    On June 14, Falmouth voters will determine the fate of one of our most significant assets, the Lunt/Plummer-Motz property. It’s a rare opportunity to shape our town’s services for generations to come – without raising taxes. It’s an opportunity that will disappear if Quest...

  • Forecaster Forum: Question 1 is a one-time opportunity for Falmouth

    Falmouth referendum Question 1, the “Town Center” proposal, is a unique opportunity that is too good to pass up. After much discussion, the majority of the library board of trustees voted April 3 to endorse the referendum. If it passes, it will solve the space problem that has ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth's smart move is to vote no on Question 1

    On June 14 Falmouth voters will decide whether to accept or reject Question 1 to spend more than $5.5 million to convert two decrepit brick buildings, Lunt and Plummer schools, into a new library and a commercial office building, and Motz School into a site for Falmouth Community Programs.

  • Global Matters: A leaky peace in the Middle East

    I’m of two minds about WikiLeaks, the online disseminator of confidential government documents. On one hand, it performs a valuable service. It’s fascinating to see how the world of diplomacy really operates, and it’s important for citizens to know what their governments are rea... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Who elected the Maine Heritage Policy Center?

    Although I disagree with virtually everything the Maine Heritage Policy Center says, does and is, I would have no problem with it pursuing its conservative political agenda were it not for the fact that it pretends to be a nonpartisan think tank and, thereby, gets away with not disclosing who pro... 1

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 1 in Falmouth

    I am writing in support of Question 1, which will be on the ballot in Falmouth’s June 14 election. As the spouse of a member of the Falmouth Memorial Library board of trustees, I know firsthand that the trustees have invested many months and countless hours examining whether Falmouth...