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  • The View From Away: Re-imagining USM will take more than reversing cuts

    The news that officials will reverse some proposed cuts to the University of Southern Maine budget is a mixed blessing. It is a blessing in that it would be a mistake to balance the university’s budget disproportionately on the back of arts and humanities programs that, while more ch...

  • The Right View: Sympathy for a Democrat? You've come to the wrong place

    My first "political memory," if you will, is of eavesdropping in the hallway as a child. I was listening to my family just shred Jimmy Carter on election night, and I felt sorry for him. It was 1976. I was 7 years old, and it was the last time I ever had any sympathy for a Democrat.

  • The Universal Notebook: Gazing deeply into the crystal ball

    One of the most endearing and ridiculous traits of human beings is the desire (endearing) and pretense (ridiculous) to be able to see into the future. No one can, of course, but that doesn’t keep a lot of crackpots from trying. Astrologers chart the motion of the stars. Psychics cons...

  • Forecaster Forum: Man versus squirrel, with a little help from the crows

    I’ve received a Fatwa from the Squirrel Liberation Front making me fair game. Why would a peaceful, mild-mannered, bald, 63-year-old non-litigating lawyer find himself so violently threatened? It’s the birds of course. Here’s the back story. Over the years I’ve taken ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Strong communities, economic growth depend on affordable housing

    More and more of our fellow residents are worried about how they will heat their homes through the winter. Even more troubling is that for another growing group of Mainers, simply finding affordable housing – let alone paying the heat bill – is becoming a major problem....

  • Letter: Congress needs a clean elections law

    There is much to dislike in the pending health-care reform legislation, as well as many things to applaud in it. What is most distasteful of all has been the process that has led to the current situation. First came some good proposals to provide real competition among insurers, control co...

  • Letter: Falmouth ski trails need public support

    Thank you to The Forecaster and Peggy Roberts for a thoughtful article on the combined efforts by volunteers, the school district and the town to groom and maintain ski trails in Falmouth Community Park this year. After the new school construction displaced the Nordic ski teams’ usual trai...

  • Letter: Don't cut Falmouth school staff

    At a recent Falmouth School Board and school administration presentation, the focus of administrators appeared to point to a plan that would in large part reduce school spending by cutting staff. The extensive and well-prepared teacher statements outlining the value of their various programs rein...

  • Letter: Local legislators fail the economic test

    It is too bad that Tony Payne didn’t use the opportunity in his column, “A little heat could improve Maine’s business climate," to address the MERI ratings of legislators in The Forecaster’s circulation area. It is a little ironic, if not self-defeating, that we who live in the economic c...

  • Letter: LePage for governor

    Gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage is a breath of fresh air. Electing someone qualified for governor really gives me hope.I took the opportunity to meet the Waterville mayor at the Marion T. Morse Center in Lisbon Falls. He is extremely honest and principled. In an age where sensibility s...