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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: Tar sands' risk 'as serious as it gets'

    It is extremely important that all residents of South Portland and the surrounding towns are aware of the calamities we face if we sit back and allow tar sands-related products to pass through our area. I am grateful that our City Council has helped us begin the process to keep tar sands o...

  • Letter: CMP should eat cake

    A few weeks ago there was an article in The Portland Press Herald about the ice storm we had in late December. Fortunately, we only had a flicker of lights here in Yarmouth. But I've heard some people were without power for a week. Crews from Central Maine Power were working long hours to clear b...

  • Letter: Beem misleads readers

    Eddie Beem's habitual, noxious, juvenile, ad hominem ranting suggests an abusive bully lurks beneath his cloak of compassion. His most recent column uses such critical rhetoric to disguise his critical thought deficit. For example, allowing 12-year-olds to work is not putting them to work....

  • The Universal Notebook: Free the chimps!

    So if human beings are endowed by their creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, what are the rest of the animals on earth endowed with? The right to be wild and free? The right to be killed and eaten? Or could it possibly be that some other animals are e...

  • Letter: Scarborough dog lobby is selfish

    As I follow the unfolding dog leash saga, the howls coming from the dog lobby seem to be expressing an attitude of "me, my and mine." It's hard to believe that a majority of Scarborough voters have taken such a hard line in opposition to the better interest of a tiny bird that is near extinction....

  • Letter: Scarborough council ignores will of the people

    It is thoroughly disheartening to see that the Scarborough Town Council has again managed to completely ignore the will of the people of our town. In a record-breaking referendum vote, residents voted by a margin of 3-1 to reject unnecessary restrictions on dogs. The Town Council, who had previou...

  • Letter: Don't be swayed by off-oilers

    As a long-serving and proud member of South Portland’s working waterfront, I am extremely grateful that South Portland voters stood with their waterfront neighbors and defeated the so-called Waterfront Protection Ordinance last November. My appreciation from the fall is giving way to...

  • Letter: Scarborough citizens should examine dog agenda

    Observing the Town of Scarborough’s approach to the dog ordinance question unveils a disturbing pattern of willful negligence and questionable governance. The Ad Hoc Committee has been domineered by Bill Donovan and Tom Hall, who appear to have a bizarre agenda that does not reflect ...