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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...

  • Abby's Road: Hoping to be 'grounded in gratitude'

    I can't stand whining. The substance of it, and the sound of it, are like nails on a chalkboard. Sometimes it feels as though I am stuck in a classroom surrounded by itchy fiends in need of a manicure. My children do not lead overly luxurious lives. They can, however, walk into a ki...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Gambling with Maine’s future

    HVOLSVOLLUR, ICELAND — I’m here in the beautiful country of Iceland with my son Zack, and I’m slightly bummed out. It’s 3 a.m. EDT, and when I began this column my intent was to share some details of what has been one of the most incredible travel adventures of my l...

  • Letter: Hear 'Sacred Stories' at South Portland City Hall

    It is a gift each semester as I prepare my college students for their end-of-semester event: "Sacred Stories." As non-native English speakers, these young men and women do something that most never dare to do in our lifetime: speak publicly. Not only do they do this, but they share the most intim...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'Flats' resident appreciates Route 1 sidewalks

    I'd like to thank the Town Council of Falmouth for voting to give us sidewalks on Route 1 in the "Flats" area. These sidewalks have greatly improved our quality of life and safety. As everyone knows, Route 1 is very busy. The people in my neighborhood use these sidewalks all the time. Now ...

  • Letter: Medical building won't fit in South Portland neighborhood

    I am writing as a concerned resident of Sawyer Street in relation to the Martin’s Point proposal for the Hamlin School property. I purchased my home this fall. I purchased my home based on location, proximity to green space, the slow-paced community feel, and the fact that it was located ne...

  • Letter: Praise for Planned Parenthood's first 50 years

    I’ve often wondered how the world would be different if men had the primary responsibility for controlling their fertility. I believe very strongly that women have just as much potential as men and should have equal opportunities for reaching that potential. But they don’t. And one bi...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mud, mud, I love mud'

    “April,” poet T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Wasteland," “is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull rots with spring rain.” I have never fully comprehended what Eliot had against April, unless it was that signs of...

  • The Right View: Economics is a matter of right vs. left

    While out driving last week, I caught a bit of the WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike. A gentleman had called in making the case that while many of us are out here in the media shouting about right-this and left-that, he was just trying to work and survive. While we are all discussing soc...