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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...

  • Falmouth referendum language right on

    For many months now, involving much input from our community, engineers, architects, and consultants among others, the Town Council has investigated the reuse of the Plummer/Motz/Lunt school site. This coming Monday, the Town Council will vote on the actual June referendum language. The referendu...

  • Dining shouldn't be a crap shoot

    Your article about the lax inspection standards for Portland’s restaurants (March 2 edition) is both shocking and surprising. Ensuring that public eateries are safe and healthy places for residents and tourists is a basic responsibility of local and state government, right up there with ens...

  • No Sugar Added: Mother hen

    One day last summer, my daughter purchased a tiny yet thoughtful gift for me. A pin with an image of a white hen. And the word “mother” up above it. I adore the mother hen pin. And while I consider myself to be a wonderfully quirky mother, and love my children with all of my h...

  • The Universal Notebook: Dance with me

    Some evenings, when I take a break from a ballgame on TV to see what Carolyn is up to, I find my lovely wife out back in the sunroom working on the computer and listening to music. I’ve never figured out how daughter Tess’s iTunes work or how to find music on YouTube, but Carolyn seem... 1

  • Letter: Alternatives for Falmouth's library, community center

    No matter where the money comes from, the sale of buildings and land, fundraisers, or more taxes, Falmouth's library and community center remain a $6 million-plus project. The numbers bandied about for the last year or so are so ridiculous for this project they don’t have a shred of credib...

  • Letter: Protect family planning, Planned Parenthood

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to eliminate funding for Title X and to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood health centers. Both these programs provide critical preventive medical care to millions of women, including women in Maine. Don't they care? Wh...

  • Letter: Don't ignore Falmouth library neighbors

    The one item I have not seen discussed about the proposed referendum on the Falmouth library move is what type of business will replace it. As I live in close proximity to the library I’m hoping that the entity that buys the building is not going to be a restaurant, as we get ample odors fr...

  • Letter: Who will pay for Freeport fields?

    In last week's edition of The Forecaster there was an extensive explanation of all of the benefits associated with the $9 million development of the parcel of land on Hunter Road, at the discount price of only $4.4 million. In the entire discussion, however, there was no mention of how we ...