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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 ...

  • Letter: Kirby for Falmouth Town Council

    As a lifelong resident of Maine and a new home owner in Falmouth, I believe in strong fiscal responsibility for our town and in our candidates for Town Council. That is why I am supporting Pat Kirby. I have conducted numerous business dealings with Pat and know that she understands the value of ...

  • Letter: Falmouth candidate explains guilty plea

    Thank you for the Town Council verifying what we all knew already, I’m qualified to be a candidate for School Board. My lawyer, David Van Dyke, failed to disclose his relationship with Peter DeTroy, to get me to plead guilty a second time to a charge that I would unlikely commit. Th...

  • Letter: Hazard for Falmouth School Board

    I enthusiastically support Karyl Hazard’s campaign for the Falmouth School Board. I am a native of Falmouth and attended Falmouth schools from K-12. Falmouth’s schools are second to none, and for generations they have been preparing our kids for success after graduation. Kary...

  • Letter: Pryzant for Falmouth School Board

    As a former Falmouth School Board member, I am writing to endorse Eydie Pryzant’s candidacy for the School Board. For years, Eydie has demonstrated her commitment to the welfare of our school system: she has participated in the public debate of nearly every substantive issue involving our...

  • Letter: Re-elect Pierce in Falmouth

    I am writing to express my strong support of Teresa Pierce’s re-election to the Falmouth Town Council. During her three years on the council she has demonstrated her ability to strike a good balance between creative vision and pragmatism. She works collaboratively across groups to honor th...

  • Letter: Falmouth Question 1 a big gamble

    Falmouth referendum Question 1 can best be described as a game of chance. A 4 1/2-year gamble that selling Engine 3 Fire Station nets $150,000, (actual, $127,000 less commission), selling the library nets $1.25 million and selling land at Plummer-Motz nets another $2 million and the librar...

  • Letter: Facts don't support Falmouth Question 1

    Please consider these issues regarding Question 1 on Falmouth’s ballot: Net zero? Spending $1.5 million from the rainy day fund? These are excess tax dollars that got there because we over-taxed our taxpayers so in the case of an emergency, we’d have funds to keep town governm...

  • Letter: Cumberland needs excavation limits

    I want to thank The Forecaster and Alex Lear for getting the word out to Cumberland citizens about our town government issues. As reported in the April 28 edition, a public hearing was held about the upcoming amendments to the Cumberland Zoning Ordinance to eliminate the excavation of land as a...