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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • pnms-beem-012109 The economic crisis is all in our heads

    According to the Social Security Administration, in 1980 I had a taxable income of $24. That paltry sum must have been interest income as I was employed at the Portland Public Library at the time and, therefore, was on the state retirement system and not paying into Social Security. In 1981, ho...

  • pnms-forum_dwight-012109 A crash diet isn't what Maine needs

    Gov. John Baldacci's administration recently announced budget cuts and reorganizations by effectively saying, "I'm going on a diet. I'm going to order less food!"

  • s-letter_strout-011609 Jordan for Town Council

    As a lifelong resident of Cape Elizabeth I'm writing to give my support to Penny Jordan, who is running for the vacant seat on the Town Council. Penny's background and family commitment to the town is exactly what we need to bring this community together during these challenging times.

  • s-letter_mitchell-011609 Next, ban kids at beach

    Ever been to the beach? Relaxing on a beautiful day, trying to build up a tan or just enjoying the cool water, when all of a sudden a kid comes running by? Noisy, rambunctious – they completely destroy the peace and tranquility you had been enjoying.

  • n-letter_breen-011509 No decision

    Your coverage of the Falmouth Ad Hoc Facilities Planning Committee may have left readers with the impression that decisions have already been made regarding the future of the Lunt and Plummer-Motz site. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • pnms-letter_ross-011409 Sports done wrong

    I finally found an opinion piece by Edgar Allen Beem that I agree with, and I appreciate the word getting out on the mandates of the Maine Principal's Association on our athletic programs.

  • pnms-reportersnotebook-011409 Welcome to the Resolution-Free Zone

    Lots of people talk or write about the futility of New Year's resolutions. But what about the futility of a fitness regimen because of the absurdity of New Year's resolutions?

  • pnms-beem-011409 Advertisements for myself (and others)

    My new book arrived today. Although it will be a few weeks before it hits the bookstores, "Backyard Maine: Local Essays" (Tilbury House, Publishers, $15) is a collection of columns from The Forecaster masquerading as a book. I wanted to call it "The Universal Notebook: Scribbling for ...