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  • The Universal Notebook: Season's greetings and other political corrections

    Season’s Greetings, dear readers in Forecasterland, (& various others appended by ampersand). We wish holiday cheer and a glorious year end To citizens public & private, old foe & good friend. Bonne Année, Messrs. LePage et Michaud, (Whi...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Is Maine really the greatest place?

    Is Maine the greatest state in the country? Is America the greatest country? In its debut episode a few years ago, the television show "The Newsroom," written by Aaron Sorkin, featured an opening scene where a fictional cable TV news anchor played by Jeff Daniels is asked by a college stud...

  • The Universal Notebook: Across the great divide

    I drove to the Portland Expo last week, not to see President Obama, but to observe the crowd gathered outside. I’d say the pro-Obama folks outnumbered the anti-Obama demonstrators by better than 3-1, but I was impressed that everyone seemed to get along politely. The one confrontatio... 3

  • Short Relief: Things get out of control when juries disregard the law

    I was a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1990s. Washington was known as the murder capital of the country at the time. Violence was rampant. In parts of the city, law-abiding citizens cowered in their homes, afraid to go outside for fear of catching a bullet. At times, law en... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Public servants or public masters?

    Time was when taking a job with the government was seen as a bit of a sacrifice, and hence the term "public service" seemed appropriate. Those working in government were giving up financial reward while they provided services to the public. When I graduated from college with a degree in e...

  • Forecaster Forum: Criticism of Yarmouth Honor Code is off target

    Last week, Michael Waxman made several assertions about the appropriate role of schools in student’s lives and Yarmouth’s Extracurricular Honor Code. His central point – that schools are not parents and should not be the primary source of discipline for our children – was ...

  • Letter: The message students send

    Michael Waxman’s letter last week seems to imply that our schools should only focus on getting our students into good schools and not worrying about their moral and civic development. I find this a complete antithesis of how I view education. In the classroom, while reading "The Gre...

  • Letter: Don't sacrifice SAD 51 teachers

    Across the state, schools and social service organizations are restructuring due to Maine’s revenue shortfall. School Administrative District 51 is no exception. We’ve seen significant emotion around the discussion of this year’s school budget, as people express alarm at both th...

  • Letter: Pesticide film sends strong message

    I attended Paul Tukey's powerful film "A Chemical Reaction" at Yarmouth high school. Today I registered for the notification registry so that I can be aware of neighbors who have just had their lawn sprayed. Here is the wording from the Maine state Web site: "Communication informs the a...

  • Letter: Portland, Falmouth businesses chip in

    This past week I volunteered to put together some Easter baskets for the children staying at the Preble Street Family Shelter. Nearly all the donations for the baskets came from local businesses, and I was truly touched by their generous contributions. In tough economic times, it seems cha...