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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.

  • Letter: Yarmouth doctor backs Breen in Democratic primary

    Our state Senate District 25 has been well served by Sen. Dick Woodbury, U-Yarmouth. However, with his announcement not to seek re-election, I will be voting for Cathy Breen for state Senate. She is an excellent choice to represent us in Augusta. Cathy supports access to health care and me...

  • The Universal Notebook: We are all on welfare

    If you work hard all your life you will be rewarded by financial security. That’s one of the Big Right lies of American conservatism. As Republicans like Gov. Paul LePage and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wage their war on the poor, blaming the victims and slashing social welfare programs,...

  • Abby's Road: Compassion, not pity, for Paltrow-style parenting

    My sister once referred to parenting as a daily science experiment. I am terrible at science. I think that equates to further confirmation that I am a terrible parent. If you had asked me six years ago, I would have expressed some confidence that I would make a decent mother. I was the clu...

  • Policy Wonk: Voter initiative should decide Mainecare expansion

    An obstinate governor and an ideologically driven Republican minority in the Legislature are on the cusp of again blocking Maine’s participation in the Affordable Care Act, a participation that would provide health insurance to some 60,000-70,000 low-income Mainers, and pour hundreds of mil...

  • Letter: Vote for Michaud to expand Maine Care

    I just don’t understand our governor’s reasoning or motivation. We have an unprecedented opportunity to provide our low-income neighbors with expansion of health care through Maine Care (Medicaid). The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost for three years. If we d...

  • Letter: Natural gas customers need liability disclosure

    It would be prudent for the town of Falmouth to have the company responsible for the installation of gas pipelines notify all residences on the designated roads that they would be fully responsible for any damage to all and any pipelines going from the street to the residential or non-residential...

  • Letter: Portland seller of used books will be missed

    Your recent article about the closing of Annie's Book Stop ("Annie's bookselling story ends after 30 years," April 2) was both enlightenin...

  • Letter: Church solicitation confuses material, spiritual

    Just recently I received a church pledge letter that included the phrase "money is a spiritual matter.” I am troubled by any statement that equates money and the spiritual. Jesus is pretty clear when he comments on the legitimacy of his followers paying taxes. His command is to rende...