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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Good decision by Scarborough planners

    We are writing to praise every member of the Scarborough Planning Board for their sound decision-making on a proposal they considered June 20. The Beachwalk Subdivision, a nine-lot beachfront neighborhood across from the Lighthouse Motel in Pine Point, was approved five years ago amid a great de...

  • Letter: Friends of Scarborough Library appreciate support

    On behalf of the Friends of the Scarborough Library, we would like to thank the many members of the Scarborough community who helped make our annual book sale a wonderful success. We appreciate the generosity of those who donate books to the sale as well as those who purchase. Proceeds fro...

  • Letter: Vote for Thompson in Cape Elizabeth

    I am writing to urge voters to support Nancy E. Thompson in state House District 121. Nancy will be an outstanding legislator and advocate for the citizens of Cape Elizabeth. She has a proven record of public service. Nancy has been a tireless supporter of Cape Elizabeth schools, with years o...

  • Letter: Question 1 vote gives Falmouth a 2nd chance

    Falmouth citizens sent a clear message on Question 1: many didn’t agree about the needs, and others didn’t see the value. I suggest the Town Council now do what should have been done in the first place. First, honestly assess the real needs of Community Programs and the librar...

  • Letter: Failing grade for South Portland report cards

    Remember when report cards clued you in about how your child was doing in school? No longer. The new South Portland elementary school report cards list more than 100 skills about each student, written in bureaucratic jargon that only a grad student in education could care about. So...

  • 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.