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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: Produce aids South Portland Food Cupboard

    We are very fortunate to have Jordan's Farm in Cape Elizabeth donate fresh produce to the South Portland Food Cupboard every week. To be able to offer visitors beans, peas, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, Swiss chard and lettuce – just picked – is wonderful. We are also able to...

  • Letter: Consider pay-per-tag in Cape Elizabeth

    I was disappointed to see that yet another community (Cape Elizabeth) is considering switching to a “pay-per-bag” waste disposal program. It is easy to understand why a town would find this desirable: attaching a cost to trash disposal should encourage more recycling and decrease the...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer a community asset

    As a newcomer to the state of Maine, the Falmouth Flyer bus has made it possible for me to become familiar with the area. I ride the bus to Portland to visit the museums, libraries, concerts and do volunteer work. The bus has given me a certain sense of independence and a better quality of life...

  • Letter: Freeport library runs on taxes, user fees

    The Freeport Community Library has been struggling to weather deep cuts in our budget that resulted in the loss of two full-time librarian positions. We are sorry that letter-writer Andrea Goodrich of Pownal is disappointed at having to pay to use the library, but the Freeport Community Li...

  • Letter: Thanks to bus, car stays in Falmouth

    As a newcomer to Falmouth – my kids and I moved here from New York last year – I just wanted to say what a pleasure it's been to find Metro bus service so handy around Town Market. To be able to leave the car at home and slip into Portland to the movies, the library, Otto's (mash...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gay or straight, it's all in the family

    Last week, the National Organization for Marriage, the anti-gay marriage group that helped repeal Maine’s marriage equity law, held a rally in Augusta where Charla Bansley, Maine director of Concerned Women for America, made an inflammatory statement that must not go unchallenged. &l... 7

  • Editorial: Students restrained: What are Maine schools hiding?

    Last week's story by Emily Parkhurst about the use of therapeutic restraints on students in schools throughout southern Maine asked several key questions. Among them: • Are school staffers properly trained and certified to safely restrain students using potentially life-threate...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Summer reports reveal progress in Portland schools

    I’m often asked if I work in the summer. When I say yes, the next question is, “So what do you do?” One of my summer assignments is to prepare reports for the state about the district’s suspension rate, graduation rate and the dropout rate. When I began as P...