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  • Letter: Conservative columnist is confounding

    Julie McDonald-Smith’s last column (“The Right View: Hernandez Trial Holds a Mirror to Society”) is yet another example of how she regularly shortchanges and confounds her readers. In summarizing the reasons for Hernandez’s bad choices, she, interestingly enough, departs f...

  • Capitol Notebook: The war between Republicans

    It’s a challenging time to be a Republican legislator in Augusta. Not only do they have to deal with a volatile governor, they are busy attacking each other. This hostility was displayed last week when Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta, a moderate Republican, challenged Gov. Paul LeP...

  • Letter: Preserve Hamlin green space in S.P.

    I live on Parrott Street, which abuts the former Hamlin School property. Martin's Point Health Care is seeking to redevelop this parcel with a medical building up to 17,000 square feet in size. I am opposed to this proposed redevelopment, as currently presented, not because of the type of busines...

  • Letter: LePage the new Superman?

    Now our governor has taken on the role of Superman. Last Wednesday, at the Cumberland Town Hall, Cathy Breen, senator from District 25, was hosting a discussion on the new state budget being proposed. After her clear presentation, she turned to State Rep. Mike Timmons for his comments. It ...

  • Letter: Government does create jobs

    I’m tired of reading the conservative pitch (such as the Barry Stephens letter to The Forecaster) that government doesn’t create jobs. The military, post office, public schoo...

  • The Universal Notebook: "I grow old, I grow old ..."

    From my sunny, smiling, youthful face, I’m sure you find it hard to believe, dear readers, that your host for these weekly sessions of truth-telling, breast-beating, smoke-blowing and story-telling is sixty-six years old. I can hardly believe it myself. I spell out the number because...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: Maine risks being the HoJo's of states

    Two weeks ago I left Maine with my family for an extended visit to Hawaii – my adopted second birthplace. I was born just a few days before Hawaii became our 50th state in 1959; that and my love of surfing are two of my many justifications for visiting this tropical paradise more than 20 ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Those who can, teach

    Nancie Atwell, founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has received the first Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, the $1 million award that is being called the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Maine should be proud that a teacher being held up as one of the best in the world is f...

  • Capitol Notebook: Term limits: Changing the rules of the game

    John Martin is nothing if not bold. The current state representative from Eagle Lake, whose dictatorial 20-year reign as speaker of the Maine House was ended by a 1993 referendum vote that imposed term limits, last week urged a legislative committee to throw out the law that drove him from...

  • Abby's Road: Live like the end is always near

    What do we do with the time we have left? That question has provoked great thinkers across religions, cultures and epochs. It also inspired an essay by Paul Kalanithi, a Stanford neurosurgeon writing for his institution’s medical magazine, the Stanford Medicine. On March 9, Ka...