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  • The Universal Notebook: Literary exiles in Maine

    Some of the most interesting writers who ever worked in Maine did not write about Maine. When it comes to Maine, I’m as chauvinistic as a native gets, a local yokel who never ventured very far afield, but for some reason I have rarely been interested in Maine writers, with the possible exce...

  • Letter: Cape Elizabeth gun club neighbors oppose growth

    I am writing in response to the article “Cape Elizabeth gun club faces new obstacles.” Concerned neighbors did not seek to &ld...

  • The Universal Notebook: Heluva good excuse to be a conservative

    Here on the Beem ranch, we all enjoy a good dip. Cream cheese and chives go a long way toward satisfying this sinful craving, but for sheer unctuous indulgence, nothing quite measures up to a good clam dip. Recently, however, I discovered that I may be a clam-dip conservative. Every... 8

  • Letter: Falmouth residents need the bus

    One of the reasons I chose Falmouth was because of the METRO bus service into Portland and the convenience of taking the Flyer to Shaw's, the library, Walmart or any of the other places along the route. I do still drive, but anticipated the day when I might not be able to when choosing to buy a c...

  • The Universal Notebook: Soccer explains nothing

    As a distinguished freelance journalist (who happens not to have much work lately), I am free these days to watch the World Cup soccer matches, though watching television before noon goes against every fiber of my being. As it happens, I caught the tail end of the U.S.-Slovenia game in the... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: Confessions of a lax gardener

    I will have beautiful rhododendrons next year. Every shade of pink, from the palest blush to the deepest rose, blossoms perched on hardy, robust, unbroken stems. All because my lacrosse player leaves for college. I truly have never minded his backstop in front of the piney slope und...

  • Letter: Flawed, careless decision in SAD 75

    You reported SAD 75 will again try to close West Harpswell School, but did not address the disgraceful manner in which they reached this decision. The subcommittee that recommended closure held four supposedly public meetings which were not publicly announced; refused to accept corrections of mi...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer is vital

    For some of us the Falmouth Flyer bus is a necessity, an essential part of our way of life. We are a household of "independent living" residents of the Ocean View Retirement Community. We ride the Flyer about four times a week to Shaw's and the other stores on both sides of Route 1. In fact, t...

  • Editor's Notebook: To Appalachia and back

    I spent last week in Kentucky for the annual conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. I was there to accept the society's annual Golden Quill award for editorial writing, and to deliver a few remarks about myself and The Forecaster. But I came home with much mor...

  • The Universal Notebook: Rand Paul and the 'nanny state'

    In the wake of controversial health-care reform, we’re hearing a lot of complaints from the conservative right about America becoming a “nanny state,” a country in which the government provides a cradle-to-grave safety net for its people. Sounds like a great idea to me. M... 3