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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.

  • The Universal Notebook: Rand Paul and the 'nanny state'

    In the wake of controversial health-care reform, we’re hearing a lot of complaints from the conservative right about America becoming a “nanny state,” a country in which the government provides a cradle-to-grave safety net for its people. Sounds like a great idea to me. M... 3

  • Global Matters: Questions, answers about the Gaza blockade

    This much we know. On May 31, a convoy of six ships bound for the Gaza Strip was intercepted by the Israel Defense Force and ordered to stop. Five of the ships complied. Passengers were taken ashore in Israel and cargo unloaded. The sixth ship, the Mavi Marmara, did not comply. Isra...

  • Forecaster Forum: Shameful silence on the Gaza blockade

    There is something curious about the response hereabouts to the Israeli night boarding of the Mavi Marmara on May 31. Despite Israel’s control of information for days, its claim of self-defense, and redefinition of international law, the world community quickly recognized that Israel...

  • Letter: Falmouth School Board member urges communication

    Thank you to all who voted, whether for me or the other three candidates for the Falmouth School Board. Falmouth has a good school system, one of which we all can be proud. During the next three years, I will be looking for ways to make it even better, and more efficient. In that regard, I w...

  • Letter: Scarborough gets behind 'Air for Ashley'

    Ashley Drew is a 2004 graduate of Scarborough High School, the recipient of many music awards, a talented musician and a graduate of the University of Maine. She is also is need of a double lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis. When the current band members learned about Ashley, they took act...

  • Letter: Change for the worse in North Yarmouth

    In North Yarmouth we are fortunate to live where democracy in its purest form is practiced, to “stand up and be counted” at Town Meeting. I grew up here and graduated from Greely High. Now I am raising my family here. I have hunted here since I was 10 and now I take my son with me. I... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer makes economic sense

    The Falmouth Flyer is the most economical way to reach Portland, with fares starting at $1.50 each way for adults, seniors 75 cents and students $1.25 with ID. Exact change (bills or coins) are required. Passes are available from the bus driver to eight other buses that cover the greater ...

  • Letter: Offer deserved a response from SAD 51

    I support the School Administrative District 51 budget, and I voted in favor of each line item. I also believe the School Board, the superintendent and the school administration have worked very hard to limit the budget to zero growth for two years while maintaining the school district’s g...