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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: 'Enlightened' by Beem

    On behalf of the unwashed and extremist cretins in the readership of The Forecaster, I’d like to thank you for regularly providing us with the sanctimonious pronouncements of Edgar Allen Beem, complete with a photo to remind us of what a thoughtful and benevolent noble he is as he gazes upo... 4

  • Letter: Fostering the Falmouth Flyer

    The recent publicity about Amtrak's expansion of service to Brunswick presents an opportunity for Falmouth residents to get on board for public transportation with a reinvigorated campaign to continue bus service between Falmouth and Portland. An updated marketing push involving businesses and re...

  • Letter: Blinded by the wind

    Are the Howletts of Yarmouth living in another dimension or are they so blinded by ideology that facts do not matter? There is no empirical evidence anywhere that wind power reduces emissions. All of the studies which state this as fact are actually “conceptual” projections and not me... 7

  • Letter: Special ed takes special talent

    As a parent of a special needs child in Scarborough, I suggest people must take into consideration the many factors that necessitate the restraint of students. The Aucocisco school and specialty programs are designed and staffed to handle aggressive behavior. In a perfect world our public school...

  • Letter: Richard for Falmouth state rep

    After reviewing Mark Richard’s positions as candidate for state representative, I was encouraged. Mark will focus his efforts on lowering, not increasing, tax burdens on individuals and small businesses. Being a small-business owner, he will understand the legitimate concerns voiced by Ma...

  • Letter: Falmouth doesn't need more facilities

    Falmouth should not be undertaking any expansion of its town facilities. Even if the future population of Falmouth increases significantly, we can manage our town affairs with little extra expense by using modern technology and saying no to further unnecessary expansions in the roll of government...

  • Letter: Beem should stick to the sweet stuff

    Shame on you for printing that heinous column, "Bring Back Compassionate Conservatism," by Edgar Allen Beem. Most who read your weekly paper do so mainly for the "wishful gossip" and humor provided from the Police Beat, as well as to catch up on recent civic and school-related news. If people a... 4

  • Letter: GOP panders to emotions

    Edgar Allen Beem is wasting his time looking for a logical common denominator in Republican positions. They're pandering to their idea of what people want, or can be made to want through emotional appeals that manage to leave an impression without rousing the critical faculties. Democrats wooing ...