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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Toward a more business-friendly Falmouth

    The town of Falmouth has a unique opportunity right now to build upon our community’s tradition of excellence and to become a beacon of economic prosperity. Recently, local civic and business leaders have united to offer a comprehensive plan aimed at reinvigorating the Route 1 econom...

  • No Sugar Added: Please, leaf me alone

    As a nice girl from northern New Jersey who, until a shocking act of rebellion at the onset of her college career, spelled her nickname with a “y,” there is no way I can allow anything other than Hurricane Sandy to be the basis of this week’s musings. “Sandy’s...

  • The Universal Notebook: Undecided? Unbelievable

    If you are reading this in The Forecaster print newspaper, everything has been decided, unless of course the Obama-Romney race was too close to call and is at this very moment being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, in which case Romney wins. If you are reading it online, it may be Electi...

  • Short Relief: The case for Citizens United

    Many people have denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. But the ruling makes a fair amount of sense in theory. In Citizens United, the court held that organizations like corporations and labor unions have a right of free speech ...

  • Letter: Outdoor pets at risk in Falmouth

    I'm a walker. In my travels on Route 88, I am sick to report that I have seen 11 different postings for missing cats and two postings for missing little dogs in the last few months.   Our pets are part of our families, and my heart goes out to everyone who is desperately hoping for ...

  • Letter: Eberle invites constituents to last coffee hour

    With the election behind us, I would like to invite my constituents from South Portland and Cape Elizabeth to stop by for my last coffee hour, on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, from 10:30-11:30 at Ocean House Market, 512 Ocean St. in South Portland. For eight years I have hosted these monthly coffees...

  • Letter: Falmouth students are 'sore winners'

    As the mom of a senior Yarmouth soccer player I was in the stands last week when, with two minutes left in Falmouth’s win over Yarmouth in the Western Maine Class B finals, the entire Falmouth High School fan section emptied out of the bleachers. They positioned themselves in front of the Y...

  • Letter: Think twice about Falmouth business limits

    I oppose the 50,000-square-foot restriction on business tenant sizes in Falmouth.The restriction places an unnecessary burden on already underutilized property within our town, and further limits re-use of currently conforming properties. In addition, the current debate exacerbates uncerta...