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  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • Global Matters: Get over it and do the right thing

    There’s not much good you can say about losing your job. The loss of income, the loss of security, the loss of benefits, the damage to one’s self-esteem and sense of worth – all are part of the unwanted severance package that accompanies the pink slip. In the end t...

  • Letter: It's the dialog that matters

    I have been reading Edgar Allen Beem's columns for a while now, and have disagreed with him on most political things that he says. I do, however, respect his right to say anything. There have been times when I wanted to respond, but didn't for various reasons. Now, however, I find I must respond,...

  • Letter: Cowards hide behind anonymous opinion

    I have to say I'm deeply disappointed to read the The Forecaster is even considering the publication of anonymous letters in its print editions ("Editor's Notebook," Dec. 8-10). To my mind, the flood of uninformed, scurrilous, often illiterate garbage on media websites is an increasingly negative...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mr. President, why do you hate us?'

    Back on April Fool’s Day, when President Barack Obama spoke in support of health care reform at the Portland Exposition Building, among the tea party protesters outside was a lady carrying a sign that read “Mr. President, why do you hate us?” Eight months later, liberal D... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Coming out of the closet (again)

    I have a confession to make. I’m done living a lie. I’m coming out. Of the closet. No, I am not here to tell you, dear readers, that I am a lesbian. Although, during my seven years of dating, I have more than once considered taking the alternate path. No, when I say closet, I a...

  • Superintendent’s Notebook: Nothing wrong with kids these days

    I often hear phrases that start “Kids these days ...” and imply that youngsters are less thoughtful, caring or engaged than in past generations. Sometimes, people ask me, “What are young people thinking?” Or they remark, “I don’t know what’s happening w...

  • Letter: Process is the problem at Higgins Beach

    I want to address a comment from Councilor Ron Ahlquist that was directed at my remarks about the Higgins Beach Ad-Hoc Parking Committee at the Scarborough Town Council Meeting on Dec. 1. My statements about the inadequate representation of the town and the lack of option identification/ev...

  • Letter: Public access under attack at Higgins Beach

    Imagine a beautiful winter’s day, low tide, lots of beach to walk on, kids all bundled up, dog in the car, everyone excited to be going to Higgins Beach, and then you drive around looking for a parking spot and all you see are "No Parking" signs. That could be the reality this winter. ...