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  • The Universal Notebook: Season's greetings and other political corrections

    Season’s Greetings, dear readers in Forecasterland, (& various others appended by ampersand). We wish holiday cheer and a glorious year end To citizens public & private, old foe & good friend. Bonne Année, Messrs. LePage et Michaud, (Whi...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Is Maine really the greatest place?

    Is Maine the greatest state in the country? Is America the greatest country? In its debut episode a few years ago, the television show "The Newsroom," written by Aaron Sorkin, featured an opening scene where a fictional cable TV news anchor played by Jeff Daniels is asked by a college stud...

  • The Universal Notebook: Soft money is expensive bribery, not free speech

    Former Gov. Angus King, now running as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, invited his Republican and Democratic rivals to join him in swearing off out-of-state PAC money, the soft money that is – thanks in large part to a misguided U.S. Supreme Court – polluting the de...

  • Short Relief: From London, a gold-medal lesson in getting along

    I enjoyed the opening ceremonies for this summer’s London Olympics, because of their quirkiness. It was so very British. I liked "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle’s whizzing, dragonfly’s view of London and England. I liked the review of English history from pasto...

  • No Sugar Added: The case of the vanishing Tupperware

    I’d like to touch upon a disturbing topic: things that vanish. Any adult who has done laundry knows that socks disappear. This has been a source of both fodder and much head scratching over the years. We all know the tale of woe – you put four pairs of matching socks into the d...

  • Letter: Area is fortunate to have Bath food bank

    Thank you to our community for supporting the Bath Area Food Bank at the Midsummer Benefit Dinner. Bath’s reinvigorated waterfront freight shed housed the event. Our farmers provided delicious and healthy local food. The Arrowsics provided terrific tunes. Local residents got the word...

  • The Universal Notebook: The stuff of life

    This summer my two brothers and I have been slowly disposing of our parents’ worldly possessions. Mom and Dad are now living together in a nursing home, where a lifetime’s accumulation of material objects cannot follow. Both of my parents grew up in Portland (Deering High &rsqu...

  • Forecaster Forum: Story missed the point about Three Ring Binder

    As sponsor of legislation to develop high-speed Internet in rural Maine, I am extremely proud of the public-private partnership that created hundreds of jobs in our state. It marks the beginning of a high-tech success story for Maine. In fact, a recent Portland Press Herald story notes tha...

  • Letter: Bean 100th was Maine, Freeport at their best

    L.L. Bean, in celebrating its 100th anniversary, exemplified the spirit of Maine people in the best way possible. It was a true community event and it was perfectly planned down to the last possible detail. For those of you who may not know, the company contacted all the nonprofits in Free...

  • Letter: We must break our violent habits

    Human experience and training lead to random acts of violence and random acts of kindness. We all know that in athletics, we learn a skill, like how to kick a soccer ball, shoot a hoop, swim a lap or serve a tennis ball; by repeating it. With enough repetition it becomes second nature, automatic....