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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: Grandfather time approaches

    Grandfather time is almost upon me. Our oldest daughter Hannah is due to deliver our first grandchild sometime later this month. I’m not sure I’m ready for grandfatherhood, but then I wasn’t ready for fatherhood when Hannah came along back in 1981, either. It seems like j...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrating Portland's high school graduates

    More than 500 students graduated from the Portland Public Schools this month. Each of our graduation ceremonies was filled with pageantry, excitement and joy as we celebrated our students’ accomplishments. I hope you will enjoy reading this collection of brief graduate profiles, sha...

  • Letter: Varney thanks Falmouth voters

    Win or lose the election, I have been the winner in experiences. I want to thank all those persons who took the time to talk with me and tell me of their concerns, hopes and dreams for Falmouth. Thank you Ann Sanborn, who served as my campaign manager and confidant; Bill Gardner, who headed th...

  • Letter: Keep the heat on Falmouth council

    Election Day was an excellent turnout for the town of Falmouth, with nearly 33 percent of the voters coming to the polls. Congratulations to all the winners. Interestingly enough, a shift of only 50 votes from Ms. Rodden to Ms. DiBiase would have put Barbara DiBiase on the Town Council.

  • The Universal Notebook: Revenge of the dinosaurs

    Wouldn’t it just be ironic if the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended up destroying our oil-fired civilization? What if, having punctured a hole a mile beneath the sea, BP was never able to stop the gushing of oil? What if the slick now devastating the coastal mar... 3

  • Forecaster Forum: Confessions of a Falmouth 'choice' bus rider

    I ride the Falmouth Flyer bus. Not because I have to, but because I choose to. I’m not even a regular morning commuter to Portland. If I were, I’d be riding a lot more, because the bus schedule right now is designed for commuters. When I first moved here five years ago ...

  • Letter: South Portland parking ban draws ridicule

    South Portland does a tremendous job of snow removal. But do we need to close every street in the city for five months to get it done? The answer is obvious. The city of New York allows curb parking all year long. In 90percent of the city there is no other place to park. The parking garages are p...

  • Letter: Graham wrong about hunting in North Yarmouth

    The Forecaster Forum written by Anne Graham has the typical liberal slant that pervades The Forecaster. The twice-mentioned hunting on North Yarmouth town-owned property is factually wrong. Those who used citizen petition to get it on the Town Meeting agenda did not ask for all town-owned ...