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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: Right to know is ignored all over

    I read the Editor's Notebook column about public officials in Topsham and South Portland snubbing the public's right to know. I have no doubt that it's true and what's even scarier is that it is happening all across the United States at all levels of government. I contacted the president of the Main...

  • Letter: Age works for, not against, equal rights

    I take issue with two of Halsey Frank's assertions ("Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing"). The first is his opinion that given Maine's median age of 40.7 years it is likely that the repeal of the right of same-sex couples to marry was based, in part, on...

  • Letter: RSU 1 stance disappoints Bath teacher

    I am a proud Morse High School Shipbuilder and a proud member of a great teachers union in RSU 1. Morse High School is an institution rich in tradition. RSU 1 is a district rich in a tradition of treating teachers fairly and decently. Yes, we've had disagreements with school boards in the past, but...

  • Short Relief: Don't look now, but the next referendum battle is brewing

    I spent much of the last Election Day as I often do, working the East End School polling place on Munjoy Hill in Portland. For an off-year election, it was an unusually busy day there, as elsewhere around the state. About 1,600 people voted in person. As in past elections, a significant number of...

  • The Universal Notebook: Access for all is everybody's business

    On the rainy evening of Oct. 30, Margie Cooper, a senior art history major at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, had reservations at an upscale Portland restaurant. It was Parents Weekend and Cooper planned to dine out with her parents. She made the 8 p.m. reservation a month before, but wh... 2

  • Editor's Notebook: Topsham, South Portland officials snub the public's right to know

    Twice in the last couple of weeks, The Forecaster has reported on instances in which elected local officials have either seemed ignorant about or, worse, in defiance of Maine's Freedom of Access Act. In Topsham, one selectman had to cite chapter and verse from the right-to-know law in an attempt...

  • Letter: RSU 1 stance disappoints Bath teacher

    I am a proud Morse High School Shipbuilder and a proud member of a great teachers union in RSU 1. Morse High School is an institution rich in tradition. RSU 1 is a district rich in a tradition of treating teachers fairly and decently. Yes, we've had disagreements with school boards in the past, but...

  • Letter: Dog owner appreciates Beem column

    Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem, for your column about Rudy and Twin Brooks. It brought a smile to my face, for I can identify with the two of you. My black Lab, Briggs, and I walk there most mornings in all weather and we both have a wonderful time. There is, indeed, something magic about seeing your c...