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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • The Right View: Teach your children what it means to be an American

    On the occasion of America’s 238th birthday, I find myself wondering about our current state of affairs, and how we got here. I think I may have an idea. To the parents and grandparents out there, I ask this: Sit down with your children or grandchildren, and quiz them on the Constitu...

  • Policy Wonk: Income inequality risks our economic future

    The gap between the rich and poor in Maine and the nation is large, long-standing, and growing. It is not a temporary phenomena borne of the recent recession that will self-correct as a slow-moving recovery unfolds. On the contrary, this gap goes back 150 years. It is rooted in the ...

  • Letter: Missing SNAP at South Portland Farmers Market

    We all know the importance of good nutrition, and we all know that low-income folks find it especially challenging to afford items like fresh vegetables. On a recent trip to the South Portland Farmers Market, I was very disappointed to discover that the market still does not accept SNAP (c...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith's column provides balance

    How refreshing to see "The Right View" by Julie McDonald-Smith after being subjected to years of Edgar Allen Beem's left-winged bombastic barrages. What I would have given to have been present at the meeting of the hierarchy when it was decided to give The Forecaster some semblance of poli...

  • Letter: McDonald-Smith column lacks logic, knowledge

    Julie McDonald-Smith's recent column ("The Right View: Obama’s lawlessness shocking on its face") was a spectacular exercise ...

  • Letter: It's incorrect for columnist to blame Obama

    It is interesting that an alarmist like Julie McDonald-Smith has suggested that President Obama might face impeachment for his “errant executive behavior.” However, if you carefully analyze the reasons listed in her column in the June 27 issue of The Forecaster, you must conclude that...

  • The Universal Notebook: Demonizing the opposition

    The fact that a member of the Yarmouth Republican Committee reportedly called Falmouth Democrats “evil” does not really surprise me. William Gardiner, who served as the dummy candidate in the District 25 Republican state Senate primary, was just thumping the partisan tub to get out th...

  • Abby's Road: My husband, the antidote

    I could not decide what to write about this week. There were a handful of contenders – summer camp, my new haircut, string theory – but nostalgia, despair, or particle physics kept getting in the way. Whenever writer’s block strikes, my husband always suggests the sa...