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  • Abby's Road: My hope for happiness

    She ran with a soft smile on her face, her footfalls quiet, her toes pointed. Every third step, she leaped off the ground, raising her hands above her head and extending her fingers with a dancer’s grace. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, her cadence seemed to be putting her i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The fine-art confidence game

    A Portland art gallery has the local art scene buzzing over the propriety of charging artists to exhibit their work. That battle was fought and largely won by the Union of Maine Visual Artists back in the 1980s, when artist-activist Carlo Pittore led the charge against museums and gallerie...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gazing deeply into the crystal ball

    One of the most endearing and ridiculous traits of human beings is the desire (endearing) and pretense (ridiculous) to be able to see into the future. No one can, of course, but that doesn’t keep a lot of crackpots from trying. Astrologers chart the motion of the stars. Psychics cons...

  • Forecaster Forum: Man versus squirrel, with a little help from the crows

    I’ve received a Fatwa from the Squirrel Liberation Front making me fair game. Why would a peaceful, mild-mannered, bald, 63-year-old non-litigating lawyer find himself so violently threatened? It’s the birds of course. Here’s the back story. Over the years I’ve taken ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Strong communities, economic growth depend on affordable housing

    More and more of our fellow residents are worried about how they will heat their homes through the winter. Even more troubling is that for another growing group of Mainers, simply finding affordable housing – let alone paying the heat bill – is becoming a major problem....

  • Letter: Congress needs a clean elections law

    There is much to dislike in the pending health-care reform legislation, as well as many things to applaud in it. What is most distasteful of all has been the process that has led to the current situation. First came some good proposals to provide real competition among insurers, control co...

  • Letter: Falmouth ski trails need public support

    Thank you to The Forecaster and Peggy Roberts for a thoughtful article on the combined efforts by volunteers, the school district and the town to groom and maintain ski trails in Falmouth Community Park this year. After the new school construction displaced the Nordic ski teams’ usual trai...

  • Letter: Don't cut Falmouth school staff

    At a recent Falmouth School Board and school administration presentation, the focus of administrators appeared to point to a plan that would in large part reduce school spending by cutting staff. The extensive and well-prepared teacher statements outlining the value of their various programs rein...

  • Letter: Local legislators fail the economic test

    It is too bad that Tony Payne didn’t use the opportunity in his column, “A little heat could improve Maine’s business climate," to address the MERI ratings of legislators in The Forecaster’s circulation area. It is a little ironic, if not self-defeating, that we who live in the economic c...

  • Letter: LePage for governor

    Gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage is a breath of fresh air. Electing someone qualified for governor really gives me hope.I took the opportunity to meet the Waterville mayor at the Marion T. Morse Center in Lisbon Falls. He is extremely honest and principled. In an age where sensibility s...