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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.

  • The View From Away: Winter

    For a minute there, it looked as if we were finally going to get the brutal winter my California friends warned me about when we decided to move to Maine. Warned in the sense of telling me how I wouldn't be able to handle it after 20 years of sunshine. For a stat...

  • The Universal Notebook: No sleep until springtime

    This winter a lot of people, myself included, seem to be having trouble sleeping. It’s been years since I had a problem falling asleep. In fact, just the opposite has been the case in recent years. But for a month or more I have been tossing and turning at night, wrestling with the b...

  • Letter: State senator backs health-care expansion

    The legislative session is beginning anew, and lawmakers will focus on a number of important issues including college affordability, strengthening our use of alternative energy, and balancing our state budget. In addition, expanding access to health care is a policy priority of paramount importan...

  • Forecaster Forum: Mainers can help stamp out special-interest politics

    Last fall, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, professional ice cream guys and amateur carnival barkers, drew big crowds to see their one-of-a-kind Amend-O-Matic StampMobile – an interactive Rube Goldberg-type machine mounted on a flat-bed truck, designed to ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gov. Scrooge strikes again

    Back around Christmas 2011, when Gov. Paul LePage threw 65,000 Maine residents off MaineCare, he drew comparisons in this column and elsewhere to the heartless Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Well, this holiday season, Scrooge LePage struck again. “At this f...

  • Abby's Road: Too much talk takes the fun out of sports

    I grew up in a house full of sports. I wasn’t playing them, but I was watching them, learning them, enjoying them. Three little sisters later, our family became a sports family because of a baby who, at 2 years old, preferred basketballs over baby dolls and, at 4 years old, ran Baxte...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community partnerships enrich Portland students’ education

    Students attending the Portland Public Schools benefit from drawing on the resources of Maine’s largest city. Local businesses, nonprofits and other groups give generously of their time and money to provide learning opportunities for our students. The district partners with more than...

  • Forecaster Forum: Michaud is the progressive candidate who can beat LePage

    As a longtime advocate for equality and a woman’s right to choose, I strongly support U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. Despite recent attempts to distort Michaud’s record on issues like reproductive freedom, equal rights and background checks, I know that Michaud, like so m...