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  • The Universal Notebook: Other people's money

    In voting to turn down $1 million a day in federal funds that would have provided health insurance to 60,000 low-income Mainers, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, said something that goes to the very heart of what is wrong with the conservative mindset. “I don’t have money,&r...

  • Abby's Road: Life is too short for eating healthy

    I was going to have a healthy breakfast after my predawn workout. But when my alarm went off, I slapped my phone, rolled over, and woke up to the sound of my son screaming my name. By then, I was already more than two hours behind schedule. There was no time for boiling old-fashioned oats ...

  • Letter: Poliquin for governor

    I am concerned that if our next governor is just another career politician or someone without private-sector experience, our economy will not improve, spending will spiral out of control, and taxes will stay high. We don't need more empty promises. No one has ever created a job with a pledge.

  • Letter: Varney for Falmouth Town Council

    As June 8 nears, a Benjamin Disraeli quote comes to mind: “The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater his power of knowing what to do.” Faith Varney has resided in Falmouth for many decades. Her first-rate accomplishments have been applauded: ...

  • Letter: Honor code debate obscures the big picture

    There is a pathway that winds its way through Yarmouth that should serve as a reminder to us all. Fifteen-year-old Beth Condon was run down by a drunk driver almost 20 years ago and the town was so moved by the tragedy that a pathway was built to honor her and to protect others. Many lives chang...

  • Letter: Support the SAD 51 budget

    The current budgetary process for School Administrative District 51 contains elements of the “worst of times” and the “best of times.” Faced with a $1.25 million curtailment in state funding, the superintendent presents a zero percent increase for a second year. Such a bud...

  • Letter: Falmouth fails with Diversity Day

    A couple of weeks ago, Falmouth public school students were treated to yet another respite from academics in favor of participating in “Diversity Day,” a time to reflect on their prejudices and to be “trained” by self-proclaimed public sector experts – “the p... 4

  • Letter: School is right, Beem is wrong, about code

    Congratulations to Judge D. Brock Hornby, David Ray and the Yarmouth School Committee. Attorney Melissa Hewey was exactly right about the Yarmouth High School honor code. She said, “This issue should not be in court. There is no basis whatsoever for the girl to avoid the consequenc... 1

  • Letter: Schools not in loco parentis

    As Bill Nemitz argues in the Portland Press Herald, the Yarmouth school honor code rules are clear. But The Forecaster's Edgar Allen Beem is also right that the reach of the honor code has been overextended (“Honor code or inquisition?”). Students playing basketball can be expected to...

  • Letter: Honor code enforcement shuns due process

    Thanks to Edgar Allen Beem for last week's commentary. That a Yarmouth High School student was apparently interrogated and sentenced by school authorities for an honor-code violation without representation – all based on a Facebook photo submitted by an anonymous source – looks like a...