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  • The View From Away: Re-imagining USM will take more than reversing cuts

    The news that officials will reverse some proposed cuts to the University of Southern Maine budget is a mixed blessing. It is a blessing in that it would be a mistake to balance the university’s budget disproportionately on the back of arts and humanities programs that, while more ch...

  • The Right View: Sympathy for a Democrat? You've come to the wrong place

    My first "political memory," if you will, is of eavesdropping in the hallway as a child. I was listening to my family just shred Jimmy Carter on election night, and I felt sorry for him. It was 1976. I was 7 years old, and it was the last time I ever had any sympathy for a Democrat.

  • Editor's Notebook: A new view from the Right, fresh eyes on the Mid-Coast

    The world we live in, and the news and opinions that help shape that world, never stop changing. The business of news constantly changes, too. We're always trying to fine-tune the product we present to our readers and advertisers. This week, I'm happy to introduce the latest change ...

  • Forecaster Forum: USM finances shouldn't be lampooned, cannot be ignored

    I was sorry to read Mike Langworthy's unnecessarily sarcastic column regarding the challenges of putting the University of Southern Maine on a sound and sustainable footing (

  • The Universal Notebook: A soldier's defense

    When I first met my friend Don Snyder in 1978, he was just getting started on the investigation and writing that resulted in "A Soldier’s Disgrace," a 1987 book about his attempt to exonerate Maj. Ronald Alley, a Bar Harbor native who was a prisoner of war in Korea for three years and then ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: CEOs spend a day as Portland principals

    Christopher Claudio will take off time from his job as chief executive officer of Winxnet, a Portland-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm, to spend a day as the “principal” of King Middle School. Claudio is one of 17 leaders of local businesses and nonprofit groups who are...

  • Letter: Portland dog owners must be vigilant about Baxter Woods

    Many thanks to The Forecaster for its front-page coverage of the possible leash law change in Baxter Woods. Those who walk their dogs in that wonderful space have heard those rumors for months. As stated in the article, dogs have been allowed off the leash in Baxter Woods for over 70 years...

  • Letter: Doubts about intent of Freeport withdrawal panel

    I am in complete disbelief on how the Freeport Withdrawal Committee is conducting itself. The first is to hold the high school future visioning meeting, one of such significant importance, on April 17 – the day before Good Friday and the evening of the beginning of spring vacation week, as ...

  • Letter: Christening at BIW not a cause for celebration

    My daughter noticed your April 11 front-page headline: "New Class of Destroyers to be Christened Saturday at BIW." She pointed out "Christ" and "Destroy" are linked. Thanks, Chelsea. That is definitely food for thought. Why are we burning up tax dollars to build killing machines we don't need? Th...

  • Letter: Cumberland Democrat seeks votes in House District 45

    I am writing to introduce myself as the Democratic candidate for state representative in District 45 (Cumberland and part of Gray). Due to Rep. Steve Moriarty’s decision not to seek re-election, and with his support and encouragement, I have decided to run. I believe I have the skill...