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  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The ocean speaks, if you pay attention

    The words that follow were written by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett in the form of the song "A Pirate Looks at Forty." And almost every time I hear them I cry. Not with outward tears for the world to see, or with any measure of sadness attached, but instead, with an inward sense of pr...

  • Letter: Bath teacher personifies the profession

    Kudos to The Forecaster and Alex Lear’s article about Johnna Stanton, Sagadahoc County Teacher of The Year. And, of course, many kudos to he...

  • Policy Wonk: Only Gov. LePage is above the law

    As odd as it may seem, the headline on this piece reflects Maine’s reality. In 2012, Gov. Paul LePage refused to issue $40 million in voter-approved bonds, notwithstanding a constitutional duty imposed on him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Oth...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Response to trends today impacts tomorrow

    Maine is experiencing several of trends. For example, the state’s population is aging, and we’re facing environmental challenges as we consider how to best meet Maine’s energy needs. How we respond to trends today will impact our future, so it’s very important that ...

  • Letter: Tax rates put Portland and Maine at disadvantage

    With Maine politicians debating tax policy, I’m reminded of the tax burden differences for two coastal New England cities: • State income tax rate (married couples earning more than $41,850): Portland, Maine – 7.95 percent, Portsmouth, New Hampshire – 0 percent. ...

  • Letter: LePage damages Maine's reputation, economy

    Thanks once again to Edgar Allen Beem for his astute summary of Gov. Paul LePage’s reign of terror. LePage’s followers often tout his rising above his street upbringing to achieve business success. Based on his crude behavior, it looks to me as though he takes “the street”...

  • Letter: Columnist, LePage take the same tack

    In reaction to recent praise for Julie McDonald-Smith's columns, I would like to suggest the praise is due not so much for what she has to say, as for The Forecaster's willingness to publish her right-wing blurb, riddled with lopsided, distorted, simplistic and twisted logic. An example is...

  • Letter: Questions about proposed Scarborough school budget

    I attended a recent budget presentation at the Scarborough Town Council, and left with more questions than answers. The proposed school spending increases are fueling the need to raise property taxes at more than four times the inflation rate, but the exact details are fuzzy. In an age whe...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: The fairness of unfairness

    “It was then that Hook bit him. Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours ...

  • Capitol Notebook: Maine, the way politics shouldn't be

    The tone of Maine’s political conversation has reached a new low. A strange incident in Saco last week, and the bizarre reactions to it, paints a bleak picture of our rapidly sinking political dialogue. Last Thursday, as Gov. Paul LePage spoke at a forum promoting his plan to cut the...