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Opinion

  • Letter: Save American and New England Studies at USM

    The decision by the University of Southern Maine to eliminate the American and New England Studies program fails to take into account the true cost and benefits of the program, and impact that the students and graduates have had. The ANES program grew out of a strong, community-voiced need for a ...

  • Letter: Clean Elections pledge makes Breen the best choice

    I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support Clean Elections candidate Cathy Breen in the Democratic primary for the District 25 state Senate seat. Maine’s Clean Elections system reduces the influence of big money in government and enhances the accountability o...

  • Letter: Support the Clapboard Island effort in Falmouth

    A destination for young kayakers learning to paddle at a Falmouth Community Programs class. Beaches of pebbles that a family can scour for washed-up treasures. A birder’s paradise with an eagle’s nest prominently visible. Clapboard Island could provide this and more to the publ...

  • Abby's Road: 'Regrets, I've had a few'

    I have one thing in common with Frank Sinatra: I will admit to having regrets in my life. This is, in its way, a unique bond. My unofficial polling demonstrates that most people do not admit to any regrets. In fact, the “I have no regrets” proclamation has almost become cliche....

  • Letter: Mainers need protection from everyday chemical

    What do a Republican legislator from Hollis and a mom from Portland have in common? They both have high levels of chemicals called phthalates in their bodies. Also known as "the everywhere chemical," phthalates are found all around our homes, in vinyl shower curtains and kids rain coats as a chem...

  • The Universal Notebook: Take back the beaches

    Until the Maine Supreme Court’s 1989 ruling in Bell v. Town of Wells, better known as the Moody Beach suit, most people in Maine believed and behaved as though the intertidal zone was in the public domain. Unfortunately, one of the negative effects of having once been part of Massach...

  • Forecaster Forum: Community involvement key to success in Portland schools

    I recently gave the State of the Schools address to the Portland City Council. It is a yearly opportunity to inform the community of how we are doing as a school district and where we are headed. Overall, the Portland Public Schools are in good shape, and we have plans to make them better....

  • Letter: The problem is there may not be a problem

    Several weeks ago, a high school senior from Long Island died two days after wisdom tooth surgery. As a parent I ache for his family. As a physician, I wonder about the circumstances. I have no direct knowledge about the student’s condition prior to his surgery, the surgery itself, o...

  • The Universal Notebook: Becoming aware of MSA

    March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month. Never heard of multiple system atrophy? Neither had I until my old buddy Earl Cutter was diagnosed with it. MSA is a rare degenerative neurological disease. Only about 15,000 people in the United States have it. The disease takes many forms...

  • Forecaster Forum: Anti-oil agenda ignores the facts in South Portland

    For more than a century the working waterfront has been both a vibrant part of South Portland's local economy and served as Maine's most important connection to global energy markets. Today, a billion gallons a year of refined petroleum products flow safely through the community's waterfro...