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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...

  • The Universal Notebook: The case against public broadcasting

    Will wonders never cease? While writing about life in the same southern Maine communities for decades, Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon and I have never to my knowledge agreed about anything. Harmon is a hard-core conservative. I am a soft-hearted liberal. But I woke up this mor...

  • Letter: Check yes for Clean Elections

    It's that time of year again: tax season. This year, I’m checking yes for Clean Elections when I fill out my Maine income tax form. Checking yes supports Maine’s first-in-the-nation Clean Election system, but it doesn’t add anything to the tax bill. It’s simply a ...

  • Letter: Cumberland extraction rules affect most residents

    I am curious as to why there has been no mention that Elvin and Randy Copp have already clear-cut approximately 40 acres, filled in a small pond and screened and extracted tons of material on the Cumberland property that prompted a town review of rules for gravel pits and water removal. This prop...

  • Letter: Gravel pit decision in Cumberland has consequences for Falmouth

    I am writing in hope of making people in Cumberland and Falmouth aware of the potential for having a gravel pit developed in their backyard.  If you have been following the story involving Cumberland land along the Falmouth line, you know the controversy over a proposed gravel pit and c...

  • Letter: Falmouth critic's methods are harmful

    In recent months, The Forecaster printed several “paid political advertisements” from one Falmouth resident. These ads present a hodge-podge of statements littered with partial truths. For example, a recent ad suggested that the taxpayers of Falmouth are not represented during contrac... 1

  • Letter: Stan Bennett will not be forgotten

    I got to know Stan Bennett while working together on the Falmouth Planning Board. When the Tidewater Conservation Foundation collaborated with the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension to raise funds for a Learning Center on the Tidewater Farm conservation easement we convinced Stan to j...

  • Praise for Falmouth Town Council

    Falmouth is a unique community. When my wife and I moved back home to Maine over seven years ago to raise our children, we chose Falmouth for its schools and its sense of community. Falmouth truly promises a bright future for us all by doing an amazing job of encouraging economic growth while pr...

  • Common sense needed in Armory deal

    Wouldn’t you know? South Portland has managed to mismanage the Armory fiasco yet again. It can’t seem to help itself. Supposedly, it’s only intended interest is to own it, thus control its eventual use. Then, of course, the wish list morphed into a new City Hall, needed space fo...