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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...

  • 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

  • Global Matters: Questions, answers about the Gaza blockade

    This much we know. On May 31, a convoy of six ships bound for the Gaza Strip was intercepted by the Israel Defense Force and ordered to stop. Five of the ships complied. Passengers were taken ashore in Israel and cargo unloaded. The sixth ship, the Mavi Marmara, did not comply. Isra...

  • Forecaster Forum: Shameful silence on the Gaza blockade

    There is something curious about the response hereabouts to the Israeli night boarding of the Mavi Marmara on May 31. Despite Israel’s control of information for days, its claim of self-defense, and redefinition of international law, the world community quickly recognized that Israel...