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  • Letter: Columnist ignores shortfalls of LePage policies

    In response to Julie MacDonald-Smith's list of candidate accomplishments: ignoring the demonizing of Gov. Paul LePage's public personality, focus only on policy. The administration's refusal to expand Medicaid as covered by the Affordable Care Law has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollar...

  • The Universal Notebook: Monopolizing the medium

    If the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice antitrust lawyers ever had an easy-peasy, slam-dunk decision to make, it is to deny the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Just about the only parties who think that merging the cable colossi is a great ...

  • Letter: Beem misses dip, also misses the point

    Clam dip sounds about as appealing to me as lobster roe in toasted marshmallows. While I grieve Edgar Allen Beem’s loss of access to his favorite brand ("The Universal Noteb... 1

  • No Sugar Added: The way to this woman's heart is through your refrigerator

    Ever since the day in early June that I was asked to write for The Forecaster, I’ve been drifting off to sleep each evening, fully expecting to bolt upright at 2:30 a.m., awakened by some divinely inspired idea for this, my first column. Alas, while I am thrilled to tell you that I a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Add a dash of irreverence and a pinch of biology, but hold the extra sugar

    This week I'm pleased to introduce two new faces at The Forecaster: Sandi Amorello and Victoria Fischman. Amorello, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the latest addition to our Opinion pages. If you're familiar with her website,

  • The Universal Notebook: How to be a grandmother

    When baby Jackson, our first grandchild, arrived July 1 at 4:14 a.m., I was asleep in the back of the car in the hospital parking lot and Carolyn was in the delivery room with Hannah. She called me on my cell phone to let me know I was a grandfather. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled out of the car ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Proof of the pudding is in Falmouth facilities vote

    No matter how you dress it up, eating crow is not a pleasant experience. With that said, let me take the first bite. Last week’s edition of The Forecaster carried a story regarding my non-scientific survey of Falmouth residents who receive a periodic newsletter from me regarding town...

  • Forecaster Forum: Fireworks! July 4th, Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

    Before the brilliant images fade, the way fireworks do almost the moment they explode, a kind of cotton candy for the eyes, image like flavor evaporating almost on perception, I want to capture some of what happened at Portland’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration. One moment I especiall...

  • Letter: Falmouth facilities panel provided cost, tax data

    I was disappointed to read the significant error in last week’s article on the Falmouth Community Facilities Planning Committee’s recent recommendations. Over the past two years, directed by the Town Council, the committee gathered public input in various ways, including keypad polli...

  • Letter: Scarborough Library book sale a success

    On behalf of the Friends of the Scarborough Library, I would like to thank the many members of the Scarborough community who helped make our annual book sale so successful this year. The success of this sale is due to the generosity of those who donate, as well as those who purchase. Proc...