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  • Letter: Martin's Point plan will increase local traffic

    I am concerned by the Martin’s Point proposal for the development of the Hamlin School property on Route 77, at the intersection with Sawyer Street, in South Portland. My daughter attends preschool at Casco Bay Montessori School on the corner of Parrot Street and Route 77. We often walk to ...

  • Capitol Notebook: No more help for immigrants? No more 'phantom ballots'?

    Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald surprised some observers at a legislative hearing last week with a comment he made about Somali residents in his city. The combative mayor has in the past been critical of the influx of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston. But at the hearing, ...

  • Letter: Support the SAD 51 budget

    The current budgetary process for School Administrative District 51 contains elements of the “worst of times” and the “best of times.” Faced with a $1.25 million curtailment in state funding, the superintendent presents a zero percent increase for a second year. Such a bud...

  • Letter: Falmouth fails with Diversity Day

    A couple of weeks ago, Falmouth public school students were treated to yet another respite from academics in favor of participating in “Diversity Day,” a time to reflect on their prejudices and to be “trained” by self-proclaimed public sector experts – “the p... 4

  • Letter: School is right, Beem is wrong, about code

    Congratulations to Judge D. Brock Hornby, David Ray and the Yarmouth School Committee. Attorney Melissa Hewey was exactly right about the Yarmouth High School honor code. She said, “This issue should not be in court. There is no basis whatsoever for the girl to avoid the consequenc... 1

  • Letter: Schools not in loco parentis

    As Bill Nemitz argues in the Portland Press Herald, the Yarmouth school honor code rules are clear. But The Forecaster's Edgar Allen Beem is also right that the reach of the honor code has been overextended (“Honor code or inquisition?”). Students playing basketball can be expected to...

  • Letter: Honor code enforcement shuns due process

    Thanks to Edgar Allen Beem for last week's commentary. That a Yarmouth High School student was apparently interrogated and sentenced by school authorities for an honor-code violation without representation – all based on a Facebook photo submitted by an anonymous source – looks like a...

  • Forecaster Forum: Bond package will spur economy

    This week, the Legislature took its final votes. One important vote was for the passage of a bond package. The package is critical to stimulating jobs and investing in our future. But most importantly, it is up to the voters of Maine to have a say. I think all voters in the state should...

  • Letter: Scarborough plan doesn't compute

    The Scarborough School Board is asking the town to bond $688,000 for the purchase of laptop computers for high school students. CIP expenditures are "bricks and mortar" projects, such as building improvements. The CIP budget is being justified because it is smaller than last year's, so it ...

  • Letter: Cumberland school could make money

    A group of dedicated citizens in School Administrative District 51 has been exploring a revenue-generating opportunity for repurposing Drowne Road School. This innovative school model would capitalize on our existing assets and enhance our community. The energy generated at each meeting has bee...