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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...

  • Letter: Praise for Roy, Scarborough councilors

    I would like to publicly thank the chairwoman of the Scarborough Town Council, Judith Roy, for the way she handled the Jan. 5 public hearing on parking at Higgins Beach. The measures she took to restrain the continued unsubstantiated vilification of the Surfrider Foundation as well as the ...

  • Letter: Lions roar in South Portland

    In the time of year when we emphasize giving and sharing and community heroes, we would do well to acknowledge the Lions Clubs International, the oldest community service organization in the world. An outstanding local example is the South Portland Lions Club, which through volunteerism since 19...

  • Letter: Dodge doesn't deserve newspaper's attention

    I was surprised that tea party activist Andrew Ian Dodge merited a major article in The Forecaster. What does he have to offer the state of Maine besides sassy quotes and a belligerent manner? Dodge's stance as a libertarian is facilitated, it seems, by significant financial and hou...

  • Letter: Falmouth dropped the ball on blood drive

    The Red Cross conducted the largest blood drive in the history of Maine on Dec. 30, 2010, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Because of the holidays and snow storms, blood supplies are low at all Maine hospitals. These conditions called for desperate measures by the Red Cross, and Fairp...

  • Short Relief: Maine must use its natural advantages

    It took me about four years of trying to get a job in Maine. So long that I had given up hope of ever getting one. At the time, I had been living in Washington, D.C., for about 12 years. I had been married for about five. I was daunted by the prospect of trying to raise our children in ...

  • Letter: Architects say Lunt is best for Falmouth library

    We feel strongly that the Lunt School represents the best and most fiscally responsible opportunity for expansion of Falmouth Memorial Library. As design professionals we have experience with community-scale design issues. As principals of five separate architectural firms, we believe that Falmou...

  • The Universal Notebook: Enough with the whining about taxes

    For the most part, I am happy to serve as your friendly local liberal whipping boy, but there is one matter I would like to set straight as we sail blindly into the brave new world of tax and deficit reduction promised by victorious state and national tea party politicians. While I may wel... 15

  • Letter: Energy policy as an excuse for regulation

    Thanks so much for the "Gone with the wind" article informing us about the Maine State Housing Authority's unforgivable waste of $1.1 million on poorly planned and incompetently executed solar- and wind-powered experiments that one community action (remember ACORN?) spokesperson had the nerve to ...