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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...