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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: Volunteers add value in SAD 51

    As National Volunteer Month draws to a close it is important to recognize the valuable contributions made by volunteers who support the public schools in Cumberland and North Yarmouth. The resources and energy that volunteers provide to SAD 51 schools have helped to ensure that although the scho...

  • Letter: School story disappoints Falmouth principal

    I am extremely disappointed by The Forecaster’s headline, “Falmouth Elementary School Fails to Meet Federal Standards." The average reading and math proficiency scores exhibited by Plummer-Motz students, as well as students in the middle and high school, far outperform averages statew...

  • Letter: LePage agenda threatens tourism

    Is our governor really "pro business"? Granted, the more than 50 proposed bills that he and his supporters are announcing do indeed appear to be aimed at helping some businesses function without certain legal restraints. Yet one of Maine's largest sources of income – tourism – appears...

  • Letter: Falmouth needs Orestis on council

    I have known Chris Orestis for a number of years and I am writing to make you aware of the work he does to help seniors and their families pay for long-term care. His company addresses one of the biggest problems most of us will face: how to pay for expensive long-term care for a loved one. He ...

  • Letter: Pension 'crisis' a 'money grab'

    Regarding Edgar Allen Beem's column “Maine’s Phony Pension Crisis,” the Pension Protection Act of 2006 for defined benefit plans changed funding requirements to 15 years from the previous 30-year standard. “Red zone” plans were mandated to terminate certain benefits...

  • Letter: Beem 'on target' about LePage, mural

    Edgar Allen Beem's column "Reign of error in LePage's state of me" is right on target. Gov. Paul Lepage has no right to take down public art because he doesn't like it. There is a legal process to remove public art that is deemed not suitable. It was just done in Portland concerning a sculpture t... 1

  • Letter: Beem bares society's problems

    Not only are Edgar Allen Beem's insights the most culturally literate published in Maine, but they demonstrate a capacity for articulating the most broad understanding of our desperate socio-economic situation at the hands of the international corporate commissariat. It is ironic that those who c... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: Reign of error in LePage's state of me

    Of all the things there are to be upset about when it comes to Gov. Paul LePage’s notorious order removing the Maine labor history mural from the Department of Labor, the thing that bothers me most is the state’s sick argument that taking down the mural is an act of constitutionally p... 48