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  • The Universal Notebook: Other people's money

    In voting to turn down $1 million a day in federal funds that would have provided health insurance to 60,000 low-income Mainers, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, said something that goes to the very heart of what is wrong with the conservative mindset. “I don’t have money,&r...

  • Abby's Road: Life is too short for eating healthy

    I was going to have a healthy breakfast after my predawn workout. But when my alarm went off, I slapped my phone, rolled over, and woke up to the sound of my son screaming my name. By then, I was already more than two hours behind schedule. There was no time for boiling old-fashioned oats ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Marriage is a gay inevitability

    "Mainers vote down gay-marriage law" screamed the banner headline on the Portland Press Herald. The cover photograph, however, was of Frank Schubert, the California carpetbagger who led the Yes on 1 campaign, exulting in victory. How very fitting. Like the m... 13

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Budget season begins early for Portland schools

    Budget season comes around just like hunting season, except it begins in January, lasts through May and the game being hunted is numbers, not deer. You can prepare for hunting season by going to L.L. Bean or Cabela's and purchasing the latest all-weather gear, hand warmers or flame-orange vest...

  • Letter: Payne shouldn't have column

    I find Tony Payne's essays in The Forecaster to be both eloquent and thoughtful, and even on those occasions when I don't agree fully with his message. It's clear that he's a skillful writer. That said, I believe that it is unethical of Mr. Payne to be writing an opinion column for a community newsp...

  • Letter: Next target, divorce?

    If Mainers believe that the recent vote to revoke the equal right of all citizens to form civil unions without discrimination safeguards our societal foundations, we are resting on hypocritical and illusory laurels. What about the widespread, documented deleterious effects on community posed by the...

  • Letter: Political mailing unfair to Innes

    I recently opened my mailbox to find yet another mailing from the Alliance for Maine's Future with a misleading and unfair criticism of Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes. This group bandies the "Change for Maine" slogan, but its use of this kind of scurrilous and negative campaign tactic makes one...

  • Letter: Portland needs more than signs to fight motorcycle noise

    It's certainly good news that a motorcycle dealer is offering free "pipe down" signs to the city of Portland. I hope that these are effective in quieting down the many loud bikers that plague the city. Many folks assume that motorcycles are naturally loud, but they aren't loud unless...

  • Letter: Sold souls paid for Question 1 win

    Thanks to Tony Payne for putting his finger on the Marriage Equality Act defeat ("Campaigns played our children as pawns"). But he is too polite by far. Bishop Richard Malone, Marc Mutty, and the Rev. Bob Emrich sold their souls to the devil for a California sleazebag who had discovered ...

  • Letter: Portland students need common sense, not speed bumps

    There are two reasons Portland city officials are rejecting Portland High School Principal Michael Johnson's request for "yellow flashing lights and speed bumps" in front of PHS. First, the city does not have $50,000 for the lights. Second, speed humps are specifically forbidden on roads ...