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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: Beem's argument flawed

    Edgar Allen Beem says that by howling the Constitution does not give Congress the right to mandate health-insurance coverage, certain people "reveal their ignorance." It seems that Mr. Beem may not have read far enough in the Constitution to come across this passage. "No capitation, or oth...

  • Letter: Scarcelli story a 'hatchet job'

    Shame on The Forecaster for publishing Marian McCue's hatchet job on Rosa Scarcelli. When I was just a few sentences into the article, I thought, "Sounds like this piece was written by a PR person for another candidate." Then I read that it was by a contributing writer for the supposedly non-part...

  • Letter: Beem wrong about Constitution

    Edger Allen Beem asserts “the Constitution is a living document, not an inviolable set of laws frozen in time.” Wrong. The Constitution is not a "set of laws." It is a defining formulation that creates America’s governance, that “constitutes” federal governm... 4

  • Letter: Beem's value is inflated

    I don't know how much Edgar Allen Beem gets paid for being a contributing writer (and an obviously biased one at that). Whatever it is, he's being overpaid and should be enthusiastically sending more of it to Augusta and Washington. Mel Read

  • Letter: Shame on Beem, newspaper

    The Forecaster should be ashamed to have printed Edgar Allen Beem’s piece “Moral universe is no place for Tea Partiers.” I read Mr. Beem’s opinions shaking my head and usually he’s trying to convince the readers (more likely himself) that he’s a thoughtf... 10

  • The Universal Notebook: Moral universe is no place for tea parties

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used this line in at least three of his historic speeches during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It is an elegant and optimistic expression of the ideas that the un... 25

  • Letter: Re-elect Rodden in Falmouth

    During her first three years on the Falmouth Town Council, Bonny Rodden has proved herself to be an intelligent and thoughtful representative. She has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance economic benefits for all Falmouth residents, not just one or two special-interest groups. Her work to ...

  • Letter: Falmouth lawmaker backs Rodden

    On June 8, Falmouth voters will elect three people to serve on the Town Council. Bonny Rodden is completing a three-year term as a councilor, and is running for re-election. I urge your support of her candidacy. We are very fortunate in Falmouth to have capable, thoughtful, hard-working ...