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  • Letter: Perhaps Payne should dull it down

    The letter from a citizen of Cumberland in the Nov.19 Forecaster demanding that Tony Payne be forbidden column space is odd, even a little weird. The writer's objection boils down to this, that Mr. Payne, as an elected official "... should be responsible enough to know that publishing his polit...

  • Probing Politics: As much fun as a breast exam

    A government study has suggested routine mammograms should be started at age 50 instead of age 40. The evidence-based analysis seems clear – we're spending billions of dollars to screen for cancer, only to find no evidence of the disease in the vast majority of women under the age of 50. ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Walking the dog

    Rudy, a handsome black mutt from Kentucky masquerading as a flat-coated retriever, knows as soon as we turn onto Hillside Street that we are going to Twin Brooks. Yearning to be free, he first expresses his impatient excitement in whines that seem the farthest thing from an expression of pleasure. T... 4

  • Global Matters: Heed the call for historic change

    Nobody seems to know who first coined the well-worn quip, "There's no constituency for change," but events unfolding in Washington and indeed globally these past few weeks confirm the adage. The 2008 election in this country certainly seemed to be about change. To all appearances, ...

  • Editorial: A hijacking in South Portland

    Depending on your point of view, the appointment of Jerald McQueeney to the South Portland School Board was probably either a routine municipal decision or a successful hijacking of the Board of Education. McQueeney is one of several city residents who expressed interest in filling the boa...

  • The Universal Notebook: Marriage is a gay inevitability

    "Mainers vote down gay-marriage law" screamed the banner headline on the Portland Press Herald. The cover photograph, however, was of Frank Schubert, the California carpetbagger who led the Yes on 1 campaign, exulting in victory. How very fitting. Like the m... 13

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Budget season begins early for Portland schools

    Budget season comes around just like hunting season, except it begins in January, lasts through May and the game being hunted is numbers, not deer. You can prepare for hunting season by going to L.L. Bean or Cabela's and purchasing the latest all-weather gear, hand warmers or flame-orange vest...

  • Letter: Payne shouldn't have column

    I find Tony Payne's essays in The Forecaster to be both eloquent and thoughtful, and even on those occasions when I don't agree fully with his message. It's clear that he's a skillful writer. That said, I believe that it is unethical of Mr. Payne to be writing an opinion column for a community newsp...