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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 ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Salute to our graduates

    We have just completed graduation season in the Portland Public Schools. All of the graduates of our four high schools and Portland Adult Education deserve praise for their accomplishments in completing their degrees. Since my space is limited, I will tell you about a representative sample.

  • Letter: Another successful Relay in Brunswick

    As co-chairman of the planning committee for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Brunswick, I would like to thank area residents for their generosity and support: 81 teams and over 1,500 individuals participated in this year’s event and raised more than $125,000 to h...

  • Letter: Brunswick neighborhood no place for train garage

    The proposal of a Train Maintenance Layover Garage has hit me in a deeply personal way. During the first spring in our house we should be excited about all of the possibilities of being a homeowner, but we are instead faced with the prospect that our home will lose value and our neighborhood cou...

  • Letter: Join the fight against hunger

    I have never experienced missing a meal or not having enough food to eat at a meal. Many of us never have – and many of us don’t know what it’s like to feel really full. I say “and many of us” because we are all living together in this world and, like our individual ...

  • Editorial: Where we stand

    Voters in several towns will go to the polls June 14 to elect municipal officials, accept or reject school budgets and decide the fate of referendum questions. Here's where the owners of The Forecaster stand on some of the more interesting propositions. Falmouth Falmouth's recent ... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: All (non-partisan) politics are local

    Since the sore sports who lost the Taxpayer Bill of Rights referendums managed to saddle Maine cities and towns with a budget validation process that gives budget-cutters a second bite at the apple, town meetings haven’t been quite the same. Used to be that we voted on Election Day a... 1

  • No Sugar Added: A commencement commentary

    Forgive me dearest readers, for I have sinned. I realize my maternal emotions have taken over as of late, leading me to share with you the torrent of eldest-child-related-activities which have taken center stage in my life for the past seven months: college searching, prom-dress contemplations, a...

  • Short Relief: Channeling the sports curmudgeon

    My turn to play the role of a soccer dad has come. I spent my Memorial Day weekend at Nauset, Mass., Regional High School, on Cape Cod, attending a New England Soccer Classic tournament. Like others before me, I sat on the sidelines while my son’s team played teams composed of other...