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Opinion

  • Forecaster Forum: DHHS move from Portland to South Portland reflects respect for taxpayers

    After years of steady growth in state spending, all branches of state government are exploring ways to reasonably save money and still effectively run state programs. The most recent example is the LePage administration’s proposal to relocate the state welfare office from Portland to...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: China schools prepare students to compete globally

    I recently spent eight days in China as part of the College Board’s Chinese Bridge Delegation. I returned home deeply impressed by China’s efforts to transform its educational system. Once known for rote instruction, China now is preparing students for the global marketplace by...

  • Letter: Wolfe's Neck Farm appreciates support

    It’s this time of year that the team at Wolfe’s Neck Farm is able to find some time to step back from the busyness of life on a farm. We are able to reflect on the past year as we craft our plans for 2014 and beyond. More importantly, though, this is the time of year when we are able ...

  • Letter: Freeport's future is brighter without RSU 5

    This is Freeport's last chance to take back local management of our schools and avoid a future filled will conflict. Our neighbors vote against school budgets by wide margins, then are forced accepted them because of the structure. This is no way to manage our schools, or relations with neighbors...

  • Letter: Freeport schools need self-determination

    I am voting yes on Dec. 17 to begin the process of withdrawing from Regional School Unit 5. If we keep with the status quo and move forward to renovate and expand Freeport High School, the RSU budget will have to absorb the bond payments alongside whatever budget increases may be needed to addres...

  • The Universal Notebook: Nuke the 'stink tanks'

    Republicans asked for it and they got it. Democrats in the U.S. Senate had no choice but to use the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating the requirement of a 60-vote super majority to confirm the president’s judicial and executive nominations. Obstructionist Republic...

  • Policy Wonk: Maine detests welfare, unless you're a corporation

    Maine deals with corporate welfare and welfare for the poor in shockingly different ways. The most obvious difference lies in the fact that the poor who receive a welfare benefit must meet eligibility requirements almost always predicated on some form of “need,” which must be d...

  • The View From Away: You can get there from here (but why would you want to?)

    Just before Thanksgiving an old friend invited me to work on his new TV show for a few weeks ("Instant Mom," on Nick At Nite. Not that I’m plugging it, and not that I’m not). Flying on short notice may be expensive, but at least it’s inconvenient. Making three flights and two pl...

  • Forecaster Forum: Freeport can't afford to leave Regional School Unit 5

    We all need to be realistic about what to expect if Freeport withdraws from Regional School Unit 5. I believe the answer is straightforward and clear: Withdrawal from the RSU will result in a smaller school population, fewer opportunities for our students, and a higher tax burden in Freeport....

  • Letter: South Portland shouldn't risk tar sands

    I am against the possibility of tar sands coming into South Portland through the Portland Pipe Line. The environmental hazards tar sands present are unlike any other we have had in our city. Any project like this would be in direct opposition to the sustainable measures our city has taken in the ...