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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: Hoping for Medicaid expansion in Maine

    In Maine, Medicaid spending was basically the same in 2013 as it was in 2009. Maine spends the least of any New England state, and is in the middle of the pack nationally per recipient. If these 60,000-70,000 people had insurance they would probably have a regular doctor, and a preventive ...

  • Letter: Energy industry deserves thanks, not criticism

    The calendar tells us that spring is here, and though lingering snow banks make it hard to think of warmer temperatures, they will be here soon enough. Spring fever makes it easier to forget all of those bitterly cold winter nights we endured. Most of us spent those cold winter nights comf...

  • Letter: Re-elect Orestis to Falmouth Town Council

    It is with great pleasure that I support and endorse Councilor Chris Orestis in his bid for re-election to the Falmouth Town Council. During Chris’s tenure I’ve had the opportunity to garner his support as I navigated through the process and approvals of opening my new restaurant, Bue...

  • Letter: All risk, no benefit, if South Portland allows tar sands

    The grassroots group, Protect South Portland, recently had the honor of hosting Genieve Long, a lifelong resident of Mayflower, Ark. Her visit marked the one-year anniversary of the tar sands spill in her town. On March 29, 2013, about 210,000 barrels of tar sands from Canada spilled, contaminati...

  • Editorial: Falmouth should reconsider 'restorative justice'

    We applaud the Falmouth Police Department and School Department for trying to find a kinder, gentler way to deal with teens who commit first-time, nonviolent crimes like underage drinking. But we don't think a process quietly adopted last fall – described as "restorative justice" by ...

  • The View From Away: USM is open for business (poets need not apply)

    Administrators at the University of Southern Maine have proposed deep budget cuts skewed heavily toward the arts and humanities, and announced their vision for rebranding USM as a “metropolitan university.” This is an emerging paradigm in which a school develops programs for an...

  • The Universal Notebook: Time marches on

    Whether it’s turning 65, losing both parents within the past eight months or just the long, miserable winter, I must admit I have been feeling my age lately. I used to look in the mirror and see a 20-year-old guy when I was 40 and a 40-year-old guy when I was 60. But now I see the gr...

  • Short Relief: Maine must consolidate college spending

    The University of Maine System is in the midst of cutting $36 million from its budget. The shortfall is the result of the state having flat-funded the system for the last three years, the system’s trustees freezing in-state tuition, declining enrollment (down 8.9 percent, from nearly 31,000...