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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...

  • Letter: Thankful for Portland Fire Department

    I recently had a "water event" in my apartment. It was basically raining hot water from my ceiling. After contacting my management company I had a friend call 911, asked them to say it was a non-emergency (no one was injured) and see if they could send the Fire Department because at that point th...

  • Policy Wonk: Corporate welfare in Maine: Alive, well -- and growing

    Fourteen years ago, investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele did a lengthy, four-week series for Time magazine that estimated the federal government “shells out $125 billion a year in corporate welfare.” That number is much larger today. Recently, Lo...

  • The Universal Notebook: Peeved at my own incompetence

    Nothing puts me in a foul mood faster than something I can’t fix. That means I’m in a fuming funk a lot of the time, not fit to live with until whatever is broken is either repaired or replaced. At the moment it’s the #*(^%$! roof. The roof over my sunroom office has been...

  • The View From Away: There's snow end in sight

    OK, show of hands: who has shoveled enough snow? Come on, get 'em up. I refuse to believe that I am the only one. And please, no homespun Downeast folk wisdom. “You call this snow? We can still see the windows on our house! Longfellow wrote 'The Song Of Hiawatha' in deeper sno...

  • Abby's Road: There is good amid all the bad

    It can be hard to celebrate what we have when the holidays are dominated with news of what we have lost. On Thanksgiving, when Falmouth lost a beloved second-grade teacher I did not know, I mourned an absence that I had never counted on as a presence. After Thanksgiving, when my in-...

  • Letter: Yarmouth rep seeks constituents' comments

    As the newly elected state representative from House District 107, I am eager to hear from residents about what they believe the state Legislature should take up this year. I invite all interested persons to email me at

  • Letter: South Portland festival damp, not dampened

    Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits and the lights that illuminated Mill Creek Park on Dec. 7. The crowd-pleasing perennial favorites were there – the horse-drawn carriages, Santa in his City Council workshop, grilled hot dogs, hot popcorn, hot cocoa – and the amazing ...

  • Letter: Pick up those campaign signs

    Maine law requires that political campaign signs located on public rights-of-way be removed no later than one week after the election. It has been almost two months since voting day. Most of the campaign signs were removed within a few days of the election, but some of them stuck around fo...