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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: Thanks from the Delano family

    We’d like to express our sincere gratitude for all the community support  since the passing of Steve Delano. We had no idea of the number of lives Steve had impacted in his short time. We are truly amazed at the number of people we’ve spoken with since the accident on May 8. The ...

  • Short Relief: Portland city government needs more partisanship, not less

    Across the pond, for the first time in about 30 years, the United Kingdom has a coalition government. From 1979 to 1997, the Conservative Party controlled Parliament under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Then, from 1997 to 2010, the Labour Party controlled it under PMs T...

  • Forecaster Forum: Portland Charter Commission needs your feedback

    Serving on the Portland Charter Commission this past year has been a humbling lesson in compromise. The commission, which has issued its preliminary report, is comprised of 12 members. Each of us wants to make Portland a better city. But each of us hails from a different life experience,...

  • Forecaster Forum: Show up, have a voice, use your vote

    School budgets, town budgets and regulations, tax reform and bond issues, candidates for governor: What do they have to do with you and your neighbor? Everything. Do you want to have children who are educated to succeed in the 21st century? Do you worry that you will have a hard time payin...

  • The Universal Notebook: Fear of children

    Having come of age during the youth movement of the 1960s, I keep wondering when the Children’s Crusade is finally going to occur. When will minors achieve their independence and Constitutional rights? Probably no time soon, as fewer young people these days seem aware that they are a...

  • Letter: Falmouth didn't elect Doyle

    I have followed the story of Michael Doyle’s campaign against Falmouth Councilors Cathy Breen and Bonny Rodden for several months. He became interesting when he boasted of his “considerable skill set and intellect” that would focus on Ms. Rodden’s failings as a councilor.... 6

  • Letter: Remember the environment on Election Day

    With voting day right around the corner, citizens are reviewing each candidate’s stand on numerous issues.  Jobs and the economy are rightly on everyone’s minds, but it’s also important to remember that Maine’s economy relies to a large degree on a healthy natural env...

  • Letter: Yes on fees at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth

    No one in Cape Elizabeth is happy about the prospect of charging a parking fee to the visitors of our beautiful park. Yet, it has become very apparent that something must be done. The park’s annual expenses now total $250,000, an expense borne exclusively by the residents through property...