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Opinion

  • Letter: Falmouth Food Pantry relies on community

    Thank you for your compelling story about the Falmouth Food Pantry, which serves 268 families (a 60 percent increase in just the past year), at a time when corporate food donations are declining. The other part of the story is how Falmouth’s residents and many local businesses have “...

  • Letter: Portland math decision needs lots of input

    Choosing a mathematics program for K-5 students is never easy. Therefore, it is critical that parents, teachers (elementary, middle, high school, and college), and taxpayers be involved. Elementary level math, after all, is the building block for success. The history of math programs migh...

  • Letter: Gill a good choice for RSU 5 board

    I want to spotlight one candidate who is superbly qualified for the RSU 5 School Board: Gudi Gill, director of the Greater Freeport Family Literacy Program. Her career includes 26 years as a teacher, principal and literacy specialist in an upstate New York school system. She holds two mas...

  • Letter: Portland schools need more transparency

    Studies have shown that family participating in education is twice as predicative of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. One 2008 study found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with...

  • Letter: Parents deserve a say in math curriculum

    Your article about the Chicago Math program and the concerns parents have has been played out numerous times across the country and here in Maine over the past few years. Our district recently did away with Investigations in Data and Space for K-5 and Connected Math for Middle School. Our School ... 3

  • Letter: Schools must re-examine priorities

    What is the difference between constructivist math and traditional math? Your article didn't exactly explain why parents should be concerned, or not. However, I'm not sure which is the greater concern, the math or the process. Isn't it the obligation of the Portland School Board, or any sc...

  • Letter: Portland parents should help pick math textbook

    Portland schools recently spent $140,000 on a middle school math textbook. They failed to include parents in the process. The School Board will soon decide if they’ll give parents a voice in the selection process for the elementary textbook. The district could have selected the Sin...

  • Letter: 'Reform' mathematics is not the only answer

    In 1997, I started the Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talent Search program. In 2011, I was selected to a nationwide group to resolve the shortage of engineers in the U.S. In 2005, I received the University of Maine Educator Recognition Award for MMSETS. Over the years, we had...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about smart meters

    Edgar Allen Beem’s column, "Worried about wireless," is just plain wrong. He talks about, “individual sensitivity to radio frequency exposure.” We have had radio transmitters since around 1890, about 120 years now. In that time nobody has ever been proved to be sensitive to &ldq... 1

  • Letter: Obama deserves a chance to succeed

    Re: Paul Bachorik's recent letter, he would seem to be naive in the extreme, along with too many others, to imagine that the damage resulting from the destructive decisions of the Bush-Cheney administration would almost immediately be resolved by a new administration. It will take take 10 years o...