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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: Corthell, Carlsen for Scarborough council

    Please join me in voting for Kerry Corthell and Iver Carlsen for Scarborough Town Council. In 2008 their opponents all voted to prohibit the Conservation Commission from commenting on plans for development in Scarborough, as the Commission had done for over 10 years. This was done to punis...

  • Letter: Vote yes on Question 3

    Over the past two decades Maine voters have overwhelmingly supported Land for Maine’s Future bonds which have helped protect 26 sites in Cumberland and York counties alone. Local projects include trails along the Presumpscot River in Portland, woodlands in Falmouth, two seabird nesting isla...

  • The Universal Notebook: The meat of the matter

    Are you a vegetarian? Neither am I, but we probably should be, both for the good of our bodies and of our souls. In a recent newspaper column entitled “How Will the Future Judge Us?,” Princeton University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah prophesizes that posterity will...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Community donates generously for student eyeglasses

    OK, confession time. I felt scared as I prepared to address the Portland Regional Chamber for the first time at last month’s "Eggs & Issues” program. This wasn’t stage fright. I’ve done plenty of public speaking. But I’d never used my position as a scho...

  • Forecaster Forum: Charter Commission gambles with Portland's future

    The Charter Commission is proposing a change in how Portland governs itself, asking citizens to gamble that a full-time elected mayor with a four-year term of office can produce better government than our current arrangement of a city manager reporting to a nine-member City Council. This i...

  • Forecaster Forum: We all share responsibility for the death of Tyler Clementi

    No doubt Tyler Clementi’s college roommate thought it would be hilarious to video record then broadcast the 18-year-old promising violinist, whom he earlier outed, in an intimate gay encounter. No doubt he called it an innocent prank. Not funny. Maybe now, a hate crime. Let us be cl... 2

  • Letter: Stop the madness, vote for Thomas

    The old definition of insanity has applied to Maine electoral politics for too long. People keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Continuing to send the same Democratic Party majority to the Legislature in Augusta while expecting they will somehow stop drowning Maine&rsquo...

  • Letter: Serious support for Woodbury

    The times are tough, and the issues require solutions. As Maine goes so goes the nation, which gives me great optimism because we live in a great state and state Senate District 11 has a great candidate in Dick Woodbury. Dick is rare candidate who listens and engages with his fellow citiz...