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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: Bus benefits Portland, Falmouth

    I live in Portland and rely on METRO bus service for my transportation. I have heard that the Falmouth Town Council is considering stopping the bus to their town from Portland. I hope they will reconsider this plan, as there are a lot of people, including myself, who use this bus on a regular bas...

  • Letter: Save the Portland-Falmouth bus

    I write to offer thanks to Annie Finch for the well-written column "Confessions of a Falmouth 'choice' bus rider" that appeared in the Northern edition of The Forecaster. I have also come to appreciate the Falmouth Flyer, although in my case it is because I am a senior who no longer drives.

  • Letter: Payne thanks Falmouth voters

    I want to thank the thousands of Falmouth residents who cast their votes in this election, whether for me or others. The depth and quality of the field is encouraging at a time that some communities have had a hard time attracting people to serve. I will do my best to listen, do my homework and h...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Celebrating Portland's high school graduates

    More than 500 students graduated from the Portland Public Schools this month. Each of our graduation ceremonies was filled with pageantry, excitement and joy as we celebrated our students’ accomplishments. I hope you will enjoy reading this collection of brief graduate profiles, sha...

  • The Universal Notebook: Grandfather time approaches

    Grandfather time is almost upon me. Our oldest daughter Hannah is due to deliver our first grandchild sometime later this month. I’m not sure I’m ready for grandfatherhood, but then I wasn’t ready for fatherhood when Hannah came along back in 1981, either. It seems like j...

  • Letter: Varney thanks Falmouth voters

    Win or lose the election, I have been the winner in experiences. I want to thank all those persons who took the time to talk with me and tell me of their concerns, hopes and dreams for Falmouth. Thank you Ann Sanborn, who served as my campaign manager and confidant; Bill Gardner, who headed th...

  • Letter: Keep the heat on Falmouth council

    Election Day was an excellent turnout for the town of Falmouth, with nearly 33 percent of the voters coming to the polls. Congratulations to all the winners. Interestingly enough, a shift of only 50 votes from Ms. Rodden to Ms. DiBiase would have put Barbara DiBiase on the Town Council.

  • The Universal Notebook: Revenge of the dinosaurs

    Wouldn’t it just be ironic if the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended up destroying our oil-fired civilization? What if, having punctured a hole a mile beneath the sea, BP was never able to stop the gushing of oil? What if the slick now devastating the coastal mar... 3