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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: Payne sets a standard in Falmouth

    Tony Payne has taken the right approach with his recent "eating crow" response. I encourage all Falmouth town councilors to be as open, honest, sincere and mindful of public service as Tony. There are some tough decisions that need to be made. These economic times challenge us all. The per...

  • Letter: Beem misses dip, also misses the point

    Clam dip sounds about as appealing to me as lobster roe in toasted marshmallows. While I grieve Edgar Allen Beem’s loss of access to his favorite brand ("The Universal Noteb... 1

  • No Sugar Added: The way to this woman's heart is through your refrigerator

    Ever since the day in early June that I was asked to write for The Forecaster, I’ve been drifting off to sleep each evening, fully expecting to bolt upright at 2:30 a.m., awakened by some divinely inspired idea for this, my first column. Alas, while I am thrilled to tell you that I a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Add a dash of irreverence and a pinch of biology, but hold the extra sugar

    This week I'm pleased to introduce two new faces at The Forecaster: Sandi Amorello and Victoria Fischman. Amorello, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the latest addition to our Opinion pages. If you're familiar with her website,

  • The Universal Notebook: How to be a grandmother

    When baby Jackson, our first grandchild, arrived July 1 at 4:14 a.m., I was asleep in the back of the car in the hospital parking lot and Carolyn was in the delivery room with Hannah. She called me on my cell phone to let me know I was a grandfather. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled out of the car ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Proof of the pudding is in Falmouth facilities vote

    No matter how you dress it up, eating crow is not a pleasant experience. With that said, let me take the first bite. Last week’s edition of The Forecaster carried a story regarding my non-scientific survey of Falmouth residents who receive a periodic newsletter from me regarding town...

  • Forecaster Forum: Fireworks! July 4th, Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

    Before the brilliant images fade, the way fireworks do almost the moment they explode, a kind of cotton candy for the eyes, image like flavor evaporating almost on perception, I want to capture some of what happened at Portland’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration. One moment I especiall...

  • Letter: Falmouth facilities panel provided cost, tax data

    I was disappointed to read the significant error in last week’s article on the Falmouth Community Facilities Planning Committee’s recent recommendations. Over the past two years, directed by the Town Council, the committee gathered public input in various ways, including keypad polli...