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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • Letter: Cacoulidis deserves support

    Plans like John Cacoulidis' desire to erect a high-rise office building in Portland should be accepted with open arms. All too often, however, illogical opposition to such projects runs rampant. A global recession is as good a time as any to call this behavior what it is: nonsensical.

  • Letter: Next governor? Rowe

    I have regularly read and enjoyed Edgar Allen Beem's columns. He is an excellent writer who usually captures well the essence of Maine. That's why I was so surprised and disappointed by his wild prediction that a newcomer candidate with little, if any, public service experience would become Maine'... 3

  • Beem divides, unites

      As I read The Forecaster's August 13th issue I was amused to note that the subject of all of the letters was Edgar Allen Beem. He is certainly a polarizing figure. I then read his weekly column entitled "A show of hands". Left, Right, Liberal, Conservative; we sh...

  • The purpose of Beem

    Edgar Beem's "Glen Beck, the 'Libertarian Limbaugh'" in the July 31 Forecaster caught my eye; Beck and Limbaugh are familiar personalities that I occasionally hear on the radio. The headline implied there might be some discussion on Libertarian views etc. After reading the first paragraph'... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: And the next governor of Maine will be ...

    The next governor of Maine won't be chosen until Nov. 2, 2010, but I'm pretty sure I can already tell you who the winner will be. Even if I'm wrong, it's no-news August, so no one is going to remember 15 months from now. And if I'm right, you can be sure I'll remind you repeatedly. 3

  • Superintendent's Notebook: 6 bridges to improve our schools

    Schools can no longer work in a vacuum. As society's expectations of the schools grow beyond just educating children, our schools need to be integrated into the very fabric of our communities. Our school system must make meaningful connections to city government, nonprofit groups, ...

  • Forecaster Forum: The right tax reform at the right time

    As a longtime advocate of tax reform and responsible state government spending, I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Maine Legislature during the past several months. Amid a difficult recession and drastic reduction in state revenues, the state was able to balance its budget, cutting ne... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Feel the heat with Bikram yoga

    Heat yoga is, in a word, hot – both literally and figuratively. I tried it for the first time last week at Portland Power Yoga Studio. Although I have been practicing yoga regularly during the past year as a form of stress relief, this type of yoga, otherwise known as Bikram or Vinyas...