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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.

  • Editor's Notebook: From 'Pub Fiction' to as real as it gets

    This was going to be a column about the June elections and deadlines for campaign letters to the editor. It still is. But now it's about cancer, too. Two weeks ago, our staff writer Randy Billings found out the nagging pain he had in his chest was caused by lymphoma. In an instant, ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Girls and their names

    Somewhere, perhaps in one of his elegant short stories, John Updike likened knowing a flower without knowing its name to knowing a married sister who has changed her name. Like so many things I once knew so well, I can’t find the passage now that I need it, now that my girls are changing th...

  • Letter: Rodden a common-sense choice in Falmouth

    It is a pleasure to endorse Bonny Rodden for Falmouth Town Council. She has maintained mass transit for the citizens of Falmouth and has forged a compromise ordinance that protects Falmouth's natural resources while respecting property owners' rights. Having said that, there is one ...

  • Letter: Candidate's ad fails grammar test

    Negative campaign ads in Maine are often controversial, as they may insult our collective self-image as a state of fair play. The recent attack ad on Les Otten by Bruce Poliquin hits a new low, not necessarily in politics but in grammar. Fewer of us seem capable of distinguishing be...

  • Letter: Murry for Falmouth School Board

    Chris Murry Jr. has been a loyal and honest friend since I met him nine years ago. Chris grew up in the Falmouth school system and served as the student representative on the School Board when we were in high school together. He took his position seriously and contributed heavily. And I know that...

  • Letter: Leavitt for Cumberland council

    As June 8 approaches, the citizens of Cumberland will have an opportunity to elect Sally Leavitt to the Town Council. As a lifetime resident of Cumberland, Sally brings a fresh perspective to the council. As a fourth-generation resident, she has the advantage of not only knowing the town as a cur...

  • Letter: Rowe for governor

    As an observer of recent debates and advertising supporting gubernatorial candidates, I can’t help but be impressed with their willingness to commit time and energy to public service. It says a lot for Maine that we can field such a strong set of candidates. I have also found it more...

  • Letter: Re-elect Rodden in Falmouth

    We are writing in strong support of Bonny Rodden for re-election to the Falmouth Town Council. Our support is based on her intelligent, careful and pragmatic work on the council over the past three years. We value the balance Bonny has brought to issues of taxes and economic development; s...