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  • Letter: Freeport should control its own schools

    I would like to urge my fellow voters to vote yes to exit the flawed Regional School Unit 5 school governance structure. Since the RSU formed, tri-town voters must now advocate in front of two different governing bodies – the Town Council and the RSU 5 board – each with it...

  • Letter: As governor, Cutler will invest in education

    Eliot Cutler is committed to making the critical investments in education necessary to expand opportunity to all Mainers, which in turn will foster a 21st century economy in Maine. Cutler correctly notes that it is the state’s shortage of young, skilled workers that is stifling investment a...

  • Letter: Put Falmouth library on the ballot

    As a trustee of the Falmouth Memorial Library, I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Town Council for its continued movement forward toward a single referendum question concerning the community facilities project. Although the Town Council is made up of differing perspectives and opin...

  • Letter: Go ahead, cross the snow-removal line

    I’m afraid I went over the line. You know the one. It could be your neighbor or someone down the street. They are people who know where that invisible line stands – under the snow. You’ve seen results of those lines. A beautifully plowed sidewalk stops just short of a neighbor&...

  • Letter: Beware the 'Ikea syndrome'

    I did relate to Perry B. Newman's dispatch from Tel Aviv ("Living on the fault line"). What I'll call the "Ikea syndrome" occurs in America as well when people seek obliviousness from events of monumental import by taking refuge (or escape) in the relative trivialities of everyday living. ...

  • Editorial: Falmouth council trips over potential conflict of interest

    Should a town councilor who owns and develops property vote on an ordinance change that could increase the value of a development he has pending before the town? Of course not. That would be a conflict of interest, because the councilor could see a direct financial benefit from the decisio...

  • The Universal Notebook: Are virtual schools real schools?

    Gov. Paul LePage’s default pick for Commissioner of Education is Steve Bowen, a former Maine Heritage Policy Center policy wonk who took the job after more-qualified individuals turned the job down, a problem the governor has been having all over his cabinet. Bowen is a former school... 4

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth councilor is on solid ground

    Last week, an article in The Forecaster suggested that Falmouth Town Councilor Fred Chase had a conflict of interest when he participated in a 4-3 vote to amend the town’s land u...

  • No Sugar Added: In defense of snow

    There are certain things that set my heart aflutter. Some are not suitable material for a public family forum such as this. But the one I’d like to talk about today is filled with childlike innocence. It’s snow. And I am here to confess that I love the stuff. Snowflakes. Snow...

  • Global Matters: Living on the fault line

    TEL AVIV — This is certainly an interesting time to be in Israel. But isn’t it always? As I sit in the hotel lobby following brunch in a crowded cafe, I’m reminded of prior exceptional visits to this country. There was the visit during the Second Intifada, when the...