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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: 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...

  • Short Relief: Humanity made Mandela different from us

    As the world gathered to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela, I thought about how I first became aware of him. In the late 1970s, one of the hottest topics on my college campus was divestiture. Some of my classmates wanted our trustees to divest our school’s investments in compani...

  • The Universal Notebook: A holiday exhortation

    The ethical and moral dilemmas of being part of a materialistic, consumer society surely occur to all of us to some degree, especially during the holiday season. As affluent Americans we are all complicit in an economy that has unintended consequences for those less fortunate and those left out.

  • The View From Away: There's a vacancy at the 'Hotel California'

    After several weeks of consulting on a couple of television series in California, it's good to be back in Maine for Christmas. The consulting itself was tremendous. One of television’s best-known directors, Jamie Widdoes (you may remember him as Hoover, the fraternity president in &l...

  • Editor's Notebook: A few (hundred) of my favorite things

    'Tis the season. For Top 10 lists. We're all too familiar with them: Stories that news organizations pull together at the end of the year because a) there's little real news happening around the Christmas and New Year holidays, b) half the staff is on vacation and listicles can take up cop...

  • Letter: Portland school chief took China's bait

    I must respond to Portland Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk’s recent Superintendent's Notebook column about his visit to Chinese public schools (