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  • The Universal Notebook: The sound and fury of elections

    Although I should know better after all these years, I do tend to get sucked into the rhetorical noise of elections. I find myself arguing aloud with claims made in television ads and by candidates in televised debates. This election cycle has been filled with more hype and hyperbole, spin...

  • Abby's Road: The ratings are in: Ebola wins, we lose

    As authorities confirmed that a second nurse had contracted Ebola, I was boarding a flight to Dallas. Work meetings would have me there for two days and two nights. Media reports would have me wondering if I would soon be obliged to self-quarantine. During a layover in Atlanta, I decided t...

  • Letter: Share the South Portland beach

    By now many readers have seen our Share Willard Beach signs popping up in neighborhoods all over South Portland. Over the past week, I have been walking around my own neighborhood in Meetinghouse Hill, delivering yard signs to the many people who have requested them. It's been an incredibly hearten...

  • Letter: Question 1 breeds Chicken Littles

    Chicken Little got hit by an acorn and threw the barnyard into a frenzy when he ran around screaming that the sky was falling. Now he's running around predicting social calamity if we allow same-sex marriage. I realize some people have sincere personal objections to same-sex marriage. I respect that...

  • Letter: Klatt for Brunswick at-large councilor

    I believe that Karen Klatt, the current District 4 Brunswick Town Councilor, is the right choice for the at-large seat currently held by Councilor Joanne King. Klatt has brought issues to the forefront, including the creation of a Finance Committee, and asks the tough questions about the town'...

  • Letter: Falmouth wins with Fall Classic

    We'd like to express our appreciation for and recognize the efforts of the many volunteers who made the Falmouth Fall Classic soccer tournament such a success once again. The community spirit evident at Community Park and the school fields as well as the smiles on the faces of the parents and the a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Our Payne is your gain

    The Forecaster has what I believe is one of the most readable, enlightening and thought-provoking rosters of local columnists writing for any weekly newspaper in Maine. We have Halsey Frank, who sits on the right side of the aisle and pays particular attention to issues in Portland; Per...

  • Probing Politics: In the Maine Legislature, you are how you eat

    "Not bad for a Democrat." That was the comment from a long-time Falmouth Republican upon viewing seven votes cast by his state representative, Mary Nelson of Falmouth. The seven bills were about containing the cost of the Maine Legislature as well as making Maine a place where...

  • The Universal Notebook: TABOR II is not Maine's heritage

    If you ever wondered why the Maine Heritage Policy Center has so little credibility in Maine, you should take a gander at its 2009 "Maine Piglet Book," a document that purports to find $2 billion worth of wasteful spending in state government. Piglet: pork, get it? To begi... 3

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A West End success story at Portland's Reiche Elementary School

    Schools used to use parent volunteers mainly for tasks such as baking cupcakes, making bulletin boards or raising money. Parents felt useful, teachers appreciated the help, principals were happy and all was well with the world. Today, smart principals and teachers are tapping into the depth...