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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Short Relief: GOP's LePage fills leadership void left by Maine Democrats

    According to the latest data, more than 318,000 of the state's approximately 1 million registered voters turned out to vote in the June election – about 31 percent. That was significantly higher than the 15 percent to 20 percent that the secretary of state predicted on the basis of h... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Heluva good excuse to be a conservative

    Here on the Beem ranch, we all enjoy a good dip. Cream cheese and chives go a long way toward satisfying this sinful craving, but for sheer unctuous indulgence, nothing quite measures up to a good clam dip. Recently, however, I discovered that I may be a clam-dip conservative. Every... 8

  • The Universal Notebook: Soccer explains nothing

    As a distinguished freelance journalist (who happens not to have much work lately), I am free these days to watch the World Cup soccer matches, though watching television before noon goes against every fiber of my being. As it happens, I caught the tail end of the U.S.-Slovenia game in the... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: Confessions of a lax gardener

    I will have beautiful rhododendrons next year. Every shade of pink, from the palest blush to the deepest rose, blossoms perched on hardy, robust, unbroken stems. All because my lacrosse player leaves for college. I truly have never minded his backstop in front of the piney slope und...

  • Letter: Flawed, careless decision in SAD 75

    You reported SAD 75 will again try to close West Harpswell School, but did not address the disgraceful manner in which they reached this decision. The subcommittee that recommended closure held four supposedly public meetings which were not publicly announced; refused to accept corrections of mi...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer is vital

    For some of us the Falmouth Flyer bus is a necessity, an essential part of our way of life. We are a household of "independent living" residents of the Ocean View Retirement Community. We ride the Flyer about four times a week to Shaw's and the other stores on both sides of Route 1. In fact, t...

  • Editor's Notebook: To Appalachia and back

    I spent last week in Kentucky for the annual conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. I was there to accept the society's annual Golden Quill award for editorial writing, and to deliver a few remarks about myself and The Forecaster. But I came home with much mor...

  • The Universal Notebook: Rand Paul and the 'nanny state'

    In the wake of controversial health-care reform, we’re hearing a lot of complaints from the conservative right about America becoming a “nanny state,” a country in which the government provides a cradle-to-grave safety net for its people. Sounds like a great idea to me. M... 3