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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Less small talk, more medium and large

    Humans are social animals and as such we enjoy connectivity through common activities and conversation. A high percentage of these engagements fall within the mind-numbing category of inane or insipid small talk. While “small talk” is generally well-intended, serving a benign f...

  • The Universal Notebook: The kids will be all right

    I was a fairly permissive parent. My parenting philosophy has always been that if you treat your children respectfully as equals, they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults. So when our girls were young, I tended to let them do what they wanted as long as it wasn’t likely t...

  • Letter: Beware the 'Ikea syndrome'

    I did relate to Perry B. Newman's dispatch from Tel Aviv ("Living on the fault line"). What I'll call the "Ikea syndrome" occurs in America as well when people seek obliviousness from events of monumental import by taking refuge (or escape) in the relative trivialities of everyday living. ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Falmouth councilor is on solid ground

    Last week, an article in The Forecaster suggested that Falmouth Town Councilor Fred Chase had a conflict of interest when he participated in a 4-3 vote to amend the town’s land u...

  • Editorial: Falmouth council trips over potential conflict of interest

    Should a town councilor who owns and develops property vote on an ordinance change that could increase the value of a development he has pending before the town? Of course not. That would be a conflict of interest, because the councilor could see a direct financial benefit from the decisio...

  • The Universal Notebook: Are virtual schools real schools?

    Gov. Paul LePage’s default pick for Commissioner of Education is Steve Bowen, a former Maine Heritage Policy Center policy wonk who took the job after more-qualified individuals turned the job down, a problem the governor has been having all over his cabinet. Bowen is a former school... 4

  • No Sugar Added: In defense of snow

    There are certain things that set my heart aflutter. Some are not suitable material for a public family forum such as this. But the one I’d like to talk about today is filled with childlike innocence. It’s snow. And I am here to confess that I love the stuff. Snowflakes. Snow...

  • Global Matters: Living on the fault line

    TEL AVIV — This is certainly an interesting time to be in Israel. But isn’t it always? As I sit in the hotel lobby following brunch in a crowded cafe, I’m reminded of prior exceptional visits to this country. There was the visit during the Second Intifada, when the...

  • Letter: Beware the trickle-down in Falmouth

    We the taxpayers are co-signers on billions of dollars of state borrowing. This has great potential to trickle down to the local municipalities. Maybe the Falmouth Town Council is not aware of more shortfalls coming our way, as the council is looking at expanding the financial burden in Falmout...

  • Letter: Falmouth facilities decision on the right track

    After months of extensive exploration and debate, the Falmouth Town Council has agreed to pursue a plan that would let residents vote on the fate of the Lunt and Plummer-Motz school buildings. A single question will allow the community to unite around this issue. I am impressed that the co...