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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: Woodbury for state Senate

    I am writing in support of Dick Woodbury as an independent for the Maine State Senate representing Falmouth, Cumberland, Gray, North Yarmouth, and Yarmouth. As an independent, Dick is not beholden to special-interest groups or to party politics. In fact, he has used his objectivity and ab...

  • Forecaster Forum: Connecting the dots in public education

    Most people aren’t fans of No Child Left Behind or federal government intervention in public education. Often one hears that NCLB had caused “teaching to the test” and narrowing of the curriculum. Strangely, the state government is poised to enact national testing, and the pub... 2

  • No Sugar Added: 'Twas the night before school ...

    ... And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for my 11-year-old, who had decided it was time to clean his room. The last day of my children’s previous school year was June 16. I do not have an advanced degree in mathematics, but by my calculations, this meant t...

  • The Universal Notebook: Arizona on my mind

    My brother-in-law Warren was here from Tucson last week for his annual homecoming visit. In one of the rare moments when he wasn’t eating Italian sandwiches (which you can’t get in Arizona) or body surfing (which you can’t do in Arizona) at Scarborough Beach, I asked him to expl... 4

  • Short Relief: Portland shouldn't dilute the right to vote

    Last year, state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, sponsored LD 1195, an act to allow non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections. Under the bill a municipality could “provide by ordinance for a person residing within its borders who is not a citizen of the United States to vote in ... 3

  • Letter: Falmouth library still likes Lunt

    The board of trustees of Falmouth Memorial Library would like to clarify that, consistent with our written resolution of Aug. 17 and Trustee Sean Joyce's comments, we believe that moving to Lunt very likely will meet our long-term needs. Our concern is and has been that this move is accomplished...

  • Letter: Wind series unfair to task force

    I write to express my disappointment regarding a series of articles authored by Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting that did not accurately represent the efforts of the Governor’s Wind Power Task Force. Gov. Baldacci established the task force with very ge... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Wrestling with religious tolerance

    Polite people don’t talk publicly about sex, money or religion. That’s what I was brought up to believe, so I guess I’m not a very polite person. I was also brought up to be tolerant of different religious beliefs. I do my best, but I’m not perfect. And I don’... 21