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  • The Universal Notebook: The trouble with trains

    The Amtrak Downeaster passes behind my house every day. I’m glad that it does. Passenger rail service north of Portland is a good thing and it’s no bother at all. It only takes 15 seconds from the time you hear it coming until it’s gone and even the whistle blast for the Sligo R...

  • Abby's Road: The problem with pants

    “Do you want to wear pants today?” “Sometimes it’s fun not to wear pants!” “You take your pants off right now!” Hi, I’m Abby, and I’m a potty-trainer. The subject is my son, who will be 3 in September. Neither one of us ca...

  • Forecaster Forum: Rails or roads? Do the math

    There are legitimate questions as to whether the U.S. made correct decisions around transportation since the 1960s, particularly the decisions to subsidize highway systems while regulating and penalizing the railroads. Let’s say for the benefit of the doubt that an average car costs ...

  • Letter: Support Project Grace in Scarborough

    I encourage residents of Scarborough to donate to the fuel assistance fund for which the town and Project Grace have joined forces. In order to deal with the huge decreases in the budgets of low-income fuel assistance programs and the ever-rising cost of fuel, this cooperative program was establ...

  • Letter: Disappointed by Freeport election coverage

    The Forecaster’s subjective reporting of Freeport Town Council elections is disappointing. It is not in the purview of reporters lacking contextual participatory experience, which enables discriminate analysis of fellow citizens’ intentions and actions, to instill divisiveness in a co...

  • Letter:'Welcome to Peyton Place,' a.k.a. Falmouth

    In the 1957 movie "Peyton Place," actor Lloyd Nolan, in a dramatic courtroom scene, criticizes his fellow citizens as being hypocrites. On Dec. 15, Falmouth’s Community Development Committee will meet to decide the fate of Section 8.3(e) of the town’s zoning ordinance. This se...

  • Letter: Our problem is spending, not Republicans

    I'd like to present two comments regarding Edgar Allen Beem's rants about the Republican Party. First, he pronounced that "the stunning failure of the congressional supercommittee to agree on reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion was entirely a function of the unwillingness of Republican... 1

  • Letter: Thankful for good Samaritans

    On the day before Thanksgiving, after having spent the previous day having what I thought were snow tires put on our Volvo wagon, I was coming back in the snow and slush from delivering our dog to boarding in Yarmouth, when I slid off Greely Road in Cumberland opposite Doughty Road. As I was rea...

  • Letter: Candidate appreciates voters' support

    I want to express my thanks to the 5,617 voters who supported my campaign for Cumberland County commissioner, and my theme of thoughtful, moderate governance. We received a respectable 45 percent of the vote. I am particularly humbled by the 85 percent vote of support in Gray from those who know ...

  • Letter: Beem forgot to mention Collins, Snowe

    I wholeheartedly agree with the comments made by Edgar Allen Beem in his Dec. 1 column. I would add our two Republican senators, purported by some to be moderates, and in particular Sen. Olympia Snowe, are both very much in sync with their conservative counterparts described by Beem. They do no...