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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: By any other name ...

    I am appalled at  the "comeback" of the term "Redskins" (Southern Forecaster of Dec. 18, 2009) and the racism of far too many voters in Scarborough. Why not the "spearchuckers" or the "Hebes" or the "wetbacks" or a long list of other terms used to denigrate groups of people in the past? I g...

  • Letter: The marriage question in a nutshell

    A short summary of Maine's gay marriage fiasco: 1) A majority of voters motivated by homophobia. 2) "Yes on 1" arguments: silly, coming from a desperate need to create something to cover up the anti-gay bigotry. 3) Concept of a majority vote on majority rights: a travesty.

  • Letter: Scarborough will miss Sullivan

    I would like to thank Richard Sullivan for his many years of service to the people of Scarborough. Richard served on the Town Council for the past three years. He previously was a volunteer fireman for many years. Richard was a sound voice for fiscal responsibility and used a common-sens...

  • The Universal Notebook: Pardon my internal contradictions

    In “Song of Myself,” that long, gloriously American epic in which he identified himself with all of Creation, poet Walt Whitman, that great gay American, wrote 10 words that are for me a kind of personal mantra – “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself....

  • Probing Politics: A New Year's wish-list for better government

    In politics, the year ahead will be remembered as among the most challenging in history. A lingering recession, a nation far deeper in debt and municipalities being asked to pick up costs that state government can no longer afford are forcing politicians to make choices. Here are some wishes for ... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: It takes more than tradition to keep flying high at Christmas

    Lots of grousing this Christmas season: no one is out shopping because the economy is in the tank, people are afraid to use their credit cards the way they once did, unemployment is too high, the Internet is stealing business from regular stores and sales tax revenue from the state, expensive gas...

  • Letter: Amazed by Pine Point process

    I watched in amazement as the Planning Board approved the parking lot plan for the Lighthouse Motel last Monday night. I was convinced that these hard-working volunteers who put in so much time for our town would do the right thing and delay any action until many legal and procedural questions w...

  • Letter: Scarborough deserves apologies

    Many people held out hope the Scarborough Planning Board would really look into the Lighthouse Motel site plan. But they said they could only look at the parking lot plan. Since when does the Planning Board consider development proposals without regard to abutting properties and nearby infrastruc...