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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: EqualityMaine loses supporter over Michaud nod

    I am so disappointed by EqualityMaine's decision to support Democrat Mike Michaud as our next governor. I have contributed financially and volunteered for EQME, but can no longer support the organization. Michaud's record on LGBT issues is dismal. He hid his sexuality until forced to discl...

  • Letter: Sirocki respects taxpayers, not those in need

    State Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, recently contributed a Forecaster Forum encouraging moving the Maine Department of H...

  • Letter: Explaining Falmouth library construction costs

    I am responding to Dr. Lawrence Leonard’s recent letter concerning Falmouth Memorial Library’s proposed expansion. The...

  • Letter: Yarmouth takes 'community' seriously

    It was about a year ago when I fell and broke my clavicle. I’d like to say it happened in a skiing accident in Saddleback. But no, it was a ridiculous accident that happened at home. Those who know me realize that this accident could not have happened at a worse time. I called...

  • Letter: Cumberland development rules have a purpose

    Carla Nixon, Cumberland town planner, deals with compromise on a regular basis and knows that lines of division between property zones will often appear arbitrary, but they are a necessary evil. In the case of Cumberland's two- and four-acre zones, one could argue that a preferred zoning change s...

  • Letter: Questions about proposed Falmouth library costs

    Thank you for publishing news about the Falmouth Memorial Library expansion. My wife and I are strong supporters of the library. However, I have a question about the proposed costs. The proposed new construction is 11,320 square feet, with an estimated cost of $3.2 million, or $290 per squ...

  • Short Relief: Tell Portland City Hall you're tired of the same old swamp

    Portland’s Bayside neighborhood used to be a swamp. In a heavy rain, it still gets flooded by runoff coming down the hill from Cumberland Avenue. Over the years, it was filled in and used for a variety of industrial and residential purposes. Those included a railroad, foundries, lumb...

  • The Universal Notebook: Good neighbors

    As we head into a new year, there seems be a growing realization that this country has not profited from the divisive partisanship of left and right, progressive and conservative, Democrat and Republican. It has been heartening to see the GOP leadership distancing itself from the hard right extre...