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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: Opportunity knocks in South Portland

    South Portland has a unique opportunity to acquire a newly constructed four-story building that would allow the city to have all their departments under one roof. This would save the city from spending monies to renovate and maintain these very old buildings that are falling in disrepair. ...

  • Short Relief: GOP's LePage fills leadership void left by Maine Democrats

    According to the latest data, more than 318,000 of the state's approximately 1 million registered voters turned out to vote in the June election – about 31 percent. That was significantly higher than the 15 percent to 20 percent that the secretary of state predicted on the basis of h... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Heluva good excuse to be a conservative

    Here on the Beem ranch, we all enjoy a good dip. Cream cheese and chives go a long way toward satisfying this sinful craving, but for sheer unctuous indulgence, nothing quite measures up to a good clam dip. Recently, however, I discovered that I may be a clam-dip conservative. Every... 8

  • The Universal Notebook: Soccer explains nothing

    As a distinguished freelance journalist (who happens not to have much work lately), I am free these days to watch the World Cup soccer matches, though watching television before noon goes against every fiber of my being. As it happens, I caught the tail end of the U.S.-Slovenia game in the... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: Confessions of a lax gardener

    I will have beautiful rhododendrons next year. Every shade of pink, from the palest blush to the deepest rose, blossoms perched on hardy, robust, unbroken stems. All because my lacrosse player leaves for college. I truly have never minded his backstop in front of the piney slope und...

  • Letter: Flawed, careless decision in SAD 75

    You reported SAD 75 will again try to close West Harpswell School, but did not address the disgraceful manner in which they reached this decision. The subcommittee that recommended closure held four supposedly public meetings which were not publicly announced; refused to accept corrections of mi...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer is vital

    For some of us the Falmouth Flyer bus is a necessity, an essential part of our way of life. We are a household of "independent living" residents of the Ocean View Retirement Community. We ride the Flyer about four times a week to Shaw's and the other stores on both sides of Route 1. In fact, t...

  • Editor's Notebook: To Appalachia and back

    I spent last week in Kentucky for the annual conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. I was there to accept the society's annual Golden Quill award for editorial writing, and to deliver a few remarks about myself and The Forecaster. But I came home with much mor...