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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Semi-happy birthday to me

    Today is my birthday and I’m only feeling semi-happy. Despite more than a few cards, and cakes of various sizes and flavors from family, friends and well-wishers, I’m just not that connected to the event of my birth from more than half a century ago. I was born in a year...

  • Short Relief: In LePage v. the Legislature, don't count the governor out

    There is some merit to the governor's positions on whether asylum seekers should get General Assistance and whether he vetoed the Legislature's bill authorizing it. The problem is the governor doesn't explain his positions well, the media isn't inclined to help him, and any merit to his po...

  • No Sugar Added: Zero degrees of separation

    Most of us are familiar with the concept known as “six degrees of separation.” It’s the idea that all humans are within six steps of connectivity. That whole friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend thing. If you live in the great (sparsely populated) state of Maine, you know tha...

  • Letter: Smart meters require informed discussion

    My Town Council colleagues and I unanimously passed a resolution asking CMP to refrain from installing “smart meters” and related equipment for a minimum of 90 days, and to participate in several public forums here in Scarborough. I want to be clear; this action does not mean t... 2

  • Letter: 'Service above Self'

    At the close of the Market Place portion of the Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, several members of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club assisted the South Portland Food Cupboard in collecting the excess food items donated by the various food vendors. This was the second year in a ro...

  • Letter: Falmouth folks are first-rate

    As I was getting my sailboat home from the East End Beach on Route 1, we had just gotten to Falmouth when I felt a little jolting and slight vibrating. My precious boat was swinging sideways, creating a right angle with my truck. It then broke free from the truck completely and passed us, while c...

  • Letter: Concern about Cumberland curbs

    A couple of letters recently about new curbs in Yarmouth have prompted me to to also voice concerns about the new curbs on Route 88 in Cumberland. We now have white lines on each side of the road designated for bicycles, walkers, joggers and people pushing strollers or baby carriages. Howe...

  • Editorial: Maine needs a statesman, not an antagonist

    Reform Maine’s health-care system. Trim the size and scope of government. Stop shifting state costs to municipalities. Reduce welfare spending and require welfare recipients to work for their checks. Improve schools and student achievement. Stop taxing Mai...

  • Editorial: Where we stand on local issues

    There are several local ballot questions facing voters this year in cities and towns covered by The Forecaster. Here's where we stand on the issues: Portland Portland's current council-manager government functions well enough on the administrative level, but it is s...

  • Letter: Pownal feels impact of Route 136 closure

    With the closure of Route 136 in Auburn, traffic on our road has greatly increased. Poland Range Road is a gravel, unimproved road with many blind rises and curves, a campground, numerous horseback riders, joggers, walkers and pets. We had a neighborhood meeting attended by a dozen concerned cit...