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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: Scarborough needs leash law, dog park

    I am one of the many people in Scarborough who voted in favor of a town-wide leash law even though I did not in any way support the last-minute effort that brought it about. For me this issue is not about plovers. It’s about the inconsiderate, oblivious dog owners who make my experie...

  • Letter: Falmouth should back island conservation

    It is heartening to learn that the town of Falmouth’s Land Management and Acquisitions Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the town help fund the effort to conserve the northern half of Clapboard Island. Our town only has four islands, and this is a once-in-several-lifetimes chanc...

  • Letter: Arguments for wind power in Maine don't fly

    In her recent Forecaster Forum, “Wind Yields Major Environmental Benefits for Maine,” Environment Maine's Emil...

  • The View From Away: It's always warm at the national coffee emporium chain

    First, let me apologize for the recent weather. I am pretty sure I caused it by running off to California for three weeks. You know the old saying, “Leave Maine in December, winter will remember.” It’s like “Fatal Attraction.” Winter is Glenn Close, and I&rsqu...

  • The Universal Notebook: The progressive dilemma

    Anything can happen between now and November, but as a lifelong Democrat I 1) would vote for my elderly cat before I would vote to re-elect Republican Gov. Paul LePage, 2) want to vote for the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, but 3) may well end up voting again for Independent Eliot ...

  • Policy Wonk: State revenue sharing: Going, going, gone

    Several realities justify revenue sharing: • The greater capacity of the state, as opposed to individual municipalities, to implement broad taxes that raise revenues needed to fund governmental services, and to distribute a portion of these revenues to municipalities. • Th...

  • Forecaster Forum: Midtown project is a failure of Portland city government

    The temperature of public debate is rising on the Midtown project proposed for Bayside. What no one on either side disputes is that this area of Portland needs to be redeveloped. The fundamental question dividing supporters and opponents is what kind of development, and by whom? Overlooked...

  • Letter: Falmouth should back Clapboard Island preservation

    I am grateful for the recent article that reported on a local effort to conserve the northern half of Clapboard Island for public access. ...