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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: Death by dandelions

    They’re popping up all over on lawns in Maine, those little yellow flags warning of pesticide application. Dandelions are often the primary target. The public has been misled about the safety of pesticides. According to the EPA, all pesticides are toxic to varying degrees, and statin... 2

  • Letter: Vote yes on Falmouth Question 1

    The June election gives Falmouth voters a rare opportunity to participate in a fundamental decision about the kind of community we want to be. With the upcoming vacancy of the Lunt/Plummer-Motz school campus, Falmouth must decide how to manage that property for future benefit. An impressi...

  • Letter: Orestis will work hard for Falmouth

    I am writing to say how pleased I was when Chris Orestis came to my door to discuss his candidacy for the Falmouth Town Council. I have been reading about him in The Forecaster and was very happy to meet him in person. We spoke for a few minutes and I learned all I need to know to make up my mi...

  • A note to our readers

    The Forecaster normally does not publish letters on behalf of political candidates in the week immediately preceeding an election. However, because of the short notice given for the May 10 special election in Maine Senate District 7, election letters received by our usual Monday noon deadline are...

  • The Universal Notebook: Speculating on high gas prices

    When I’m driving around town these days I keep my eye out for the cheapest gas prices. Not $3.85. Not $3.82. Can anyone beat $3.79? Buy. Buy. Buy. As a good liberal with a bad conscience, I admit I am of two minds about the steep increase in gas prices. On the conservation side, I&rs... 5

  • No Sugar Added: The trees are alive with the sound of nuisance

    Spring is upon us, and, even though you know how much I adore the winter, I am as thrilled as anyone to see crocuses popping their little purple heads out of the once snow-laden soil. Not to be a spoilsport, but spring is not all daffodils and baby chicks. Like the other seasons, spring ha...

  • Short Relief: Lombardi could teach LePage a lesson

    In my hometown of Englewood, N.J., the local Catholic day school was St. Cecilia. It had a strong sports program. In 1939, St. Cecilia hired Vince Lombardi to teach Latin, chemistry and physics, and to be an assistant coach of its football team. Lombardi stayed at St. Cecilia for eight years, ... 1

  • Letter: Library, town center will make Falmouth proud

    As a longstanding resident of Falmouth, I have become a frequent use of the Falmouth Memorial Library, which has been most helpful to me, especially when I wish to take out a volume by inter-library loan. The librarians have always been courteous and helpful to me when needed. Recently, the libra...