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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.

  • Short Relief: Don't count out the Republican Party

    The media is full of pronouncements about the demise of the Republican Party. It’s not diverse enough. Doesn’t offer much to young people. It’s against women and can’t speak to them. It’s just a bunch of old, white guys, clutching their guns in fear of change....

  • Letter: Support the Falmouth Fuel Assistance Fund

    This winter has been an especially cold one. It is easy to forget that for some Falmouth residents, many of whom are elderly, keeping one’s home warm is a significant financial challenge. Please consider a donation to Falmouth’s Fuel Assistance Fund to help ensure that no Falmouth res...

  • Letter: Yarmouth transfer station fee crosses the line

    We read recently that Yarmouth would save $111,000 this next year on waste management. If this is in fact true, then why do we have to be charged $25 per vehicle in a household to use the transfer station? Who can afford to buy more than one? We don't always use the same vehicle to go to the tran...

  • Letter: Beem sees no evil, speaks no evil on Obama

    Please allow me to say how completely hilarious it is that Edgar Allen Beem has lately seemed to shy away from his seemingly never-ending rallying cry against conservatives and is now championing for the cause of – here it comes – chimpanzees. Apparently his "Personal-weekly-look...

  • Letter: Clapboard Island a bargain Falmouth shouldn't ignore

    I write to encourage the Falmouth Town Council to approve the spending of at least $300,000 to help purchase land on Clapboard Island. I have already made a financial contribution to this effort and hope the council (and many others) will share my excitement and enthusiasm for this special projec...

  • Letter: Falmouth has unique opportunity with Clapboard Island

    As a newcomer to Maine, I support the citizens' initiative to purchase and preserve the undeveloped part of Clapboard Island. A job brought my family to Maine 16 months ago, and the school system to Falmouth in particular. But it is Casco Bay and its wonderful islands that have proven the ...

  • Abby's Road: Risk a life to save a life

    When you live in towns as small as those many of us live in, budgets can't always support a full staff of professional firefighters. Instead, our towns rely on a mix of professionals and volunteers. Having grown up in Falmouth, I understood this need in its most general terms. One Christma...

  • Letter: Protect investment in schools

    'Tis the season – yes, the holidays are behind us, but ‘tis the town and school budget season. While it will be months before final budgets are presented, they are being compiled now. As state funding waxes and wanes, budgets are critically affected. In these challenging economic time...