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  • Early deadline for Thanksgiving-week letters

    Deadlines for The Forecaster next week are earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 27. Letters to the editor must be received by noon this Friday, Nov. 21, to be published in our Nov. 26, 27 and 28 editions.

  • The Universal Notebook: Support your local library

    You can tell almost everything you need to know about a town by looking at its public schools and its public library. Towns that invest in education and literacy are great places to live. Towns that don’t aren’t. I was pleased to see that the library referendums in Cape Elizabe...

  • Letter: Beem doesn't tell Whole Foods truth

    Edgar Allen Beem says he "could buy (albeit more expensively) at Whole Foods if I could stomach the conservative politics if its owner, John Mackey.” Beem once again regurgitates the progressive talking points with regard to “conservatives.” I am a conservative. Unlike ... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: The companies you keep

    Over the years, I have sometimes been accused of being anti-business. As a progressive, I tend to favor labor over management, the common good over corporate profit, cooperation over competition. But there are some companies I love despite myself. I am spoiled, of course, by having a spous...

  • Probing Politics: The Legislature's taxing logic

    Here’s a question that most people outside the capitol in Augusta could answer correctly with very little policy background. If Maine wanted to encourage retaining high-wage manufacturing jobs would it A) increase the tax on fuel and electricity used in manufacturing or B) retain or even re...

  • Letter: Otten story a 'hatchet job'

    Most successful business owners have had setbacks in their careers. The proof of a successful career is one's ability to bounce back from tough times. Not only has Les Otten helped create many hundreds of jobs in the Bethel area, but most of these jobs still exist. Otten is still creating ...

  • Letter: Raise Beem's taxes, please

    Six years ago, in another of his soak-the-rich socialist screeds ("Who needs property tax relief," March 4, 2004), Edgar Allen Beem volunteered that less than $10,000 separated him from the poorhouse. In other words, he counted himself among that segment of the population consuming almost as much... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth conservation plan goes too far

    Congratulation to the Falmouth Town Council for listening to residents and removing the 750-foot dimensional standard around vernal pools. Yet, a landowner with an insignificant vernal pool 10 feet across will have 4.69 acres of her land affected by this new regulation. Why? The state only regula...

  • Letter: When trees are trimmed, power stays on

    I would like to thank the town of Cape Elizabeth and Central Maine Power Co. for removing the trees and overgrowth along Sawyer Street between Eastman and Fickett streets last week. High winds consistently uproot trees and break branches near the utility lines, causing extended power outages to ...

  • Letter: Paid sick days pay off for everyone

    The rules which govern the economy should move us towards good jobs, healthy families, environmental sustainability, respect for human rights and access to essential services. Paid sick days are necessary for our public health and workplace productivity and, frankly, just the right thing to do fo...