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  • The Universal Notebook: Let’s make a deal, Mr. Cutler

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler got a bit of a boost last week when independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed him. Sen. King and Mr. Cutler seem to share the belief that only an independent can break through partisan gridlock to get things done. The only trouble with that ...

  • Abby's Road: After a Trapper Keeper snaps shut, it never lets go

    The iconic portrait of my life features me at the tender age of 7. It can be attributed to my mother, who snapped it on whatever predated the disposable camera. At least one of my sisters was likely hugging her knee at the time. In the calm second my mother’s pointer finger was able ...

  • Letter: Manchester in Maine state Senate District 25

    I am writing in support of Cathy Manchester in Senate District 25. I have known Cathy both personally and professionally for nearly a decade. Along with a strong commitment to family and friends, Cathy employs a no-nonsense pragmatic approach to her business and civic endeavors. As a real ...

  • Letter: North Yarmouth panel praises Diffin

    As members of the Budget Committee elected by the citizens of North Yarmouth, it has been our privilege to work with interim Town Manager Marnie Diffin. Since 2009, Marnie worked on the budget process of our town with great professionalism. Her skills in municipal accounting, finance and taxation...

  • The Universal Notebook: The Supreme Court is against my religion

    In yet another narrow 5-4 decision, the activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court have handed a major victory to Corporate America and done the people of the United States yet another grave injustice. I’m amazed these corporate stooges even dare to show their faces in public after th...

  • Abby's Road: The good juju of weddings

    When I was in elementary school, a new student joined my class after the school year had started. He was introduced during circle time. The teacher asked where he was from, and he told his rapt audience that he was from South Paris. I went home and bragged to my sisters that a boy from Fra...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Keep learning all summer long

    Summer is a time to relax, spend time with family and friends and enjoy Maine’s beauty. It’s also a time to learn. That’s particularly important for students who are working toward proficiency. Too many children in Portland and elsewhere in the U.S. fall victim to so-call...

  • Letter: Underwhelmed by columnist McDonald-Smith

    I welcome a new opinion writer in The Forecaster, for contention is good for a healthy public culture. For the life of me, though, I cannot fathom why you have chosen Julie McDonald-Smith for the task. As a historian, I was enticed by her claim that America is going to hell in a handbasket becaus...

  • Letter: Finding fault with Beem's generalization

    Edgar Allen Beem's recent column, "We are all illegal immigrants," really struck a nerve with me. There is no questi...

  • Letter: Cell towers not suitable for Scarborough neighborhoods

    If residents aren’t angry or concerned about the proposed change to allow cell phone transmission towers in virtually all of Scarborough, then they haven’t been paying close enough attention. A 150-foot tower could be erected within 100 feet of homes, causing the loss of 10 to 20 perc...