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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: Falmouth doesn't need more facilities

    Falmouth should not be undertaking any expansion of its town facilities. Even if the future population of Falmouth increases significantly, we can manage our town affairs with little extra expense by using modern technology and saying no to further unnecessary expansions in the roll of government...

  • Letter: Beem should stick to the sweet stuff

    Shame on you for printing that heinous column, "Bring Back Compassionate Conservatism," by Edgar Allen Beem. Most who read your weekly paper do so mainly for the "wishful gossip" and humor provided from the Police Beat, as well as to catch up on recent civic and school-related news. If people a... 4

  • Letter: GOP panders to emotions

    Edgar Allen Beem is wasting his time looking for a logical common denominator in Republican positions. They're pandering to their idea of what people want, or can be made to want through emotional appeals that manage to leave an impression without rousing the critical faculties. Democrats wooing ...

  • Letter: Who needs politics?

    Many people seem to think that if they don’t like politics then they just will not need to get involved; maybe it will go away. The truth is that politics happen to everyone, whether you are looking or not. Politics affect our daily life, and that of our children. Politicians, although ...

  • Editorial: Falmouth resident's tactics give watchdogs a bad name

    An enlightened, vigilant citizenry is one of the best watchdogs on local government. But when vigilance leads to vigilantism, things tend to get ugly.  That's the case in Falmouth, where resident Michael Doyle is on a crusade to convince people their town government is broken. Sometim... 8

  • The Universal Notebook: Bring back compassionate conservatism

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got in hot water last week for saying, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?” Obviously, such a politically incorrect statement incorrectly suggests that all people of Hispanic heritage think al... 4

  • Forecaster Forum: Courts reject schools' blanket use of privacy statute

    It should be clear that just as I represent the news media, which your reporting on child restraints has mentioned, Peter C. Felmly and his firm represent many Maine school districts as well as trade associations that represent school districts. Substantively, I disagree with

  • Forecaster Forum: The whole truth about student privacy and the public's right to know

    School attorney Peter C. Felmly’s column regarding the secrecy of student records should have been titled “Why people hate lawyers,” because it exemplifies the worst t...