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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.

  • Short Relief: In the arms of Victor Harry Frank Jr.

    On my mother’s mantel, there used to be an old black-and-white photograph. Taken in the summer. From the beach. Looking out to sea. In the foreground, two figures are wading into the surf together. Wearing matching madras bathing trunks. One is a large, powerfully built, young man. T...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Budget fog lifts, batteries recharged

    The Portland Public Schools budget overwhelmed my life from January through March. My work days began before dawn and often continued until midnight. I awoke thinking about subsidy figures and drifted to sleep reviewing staffing numbers in my head to be sure they were exactly right. The ...

  • Letter: Support Varney for Falmouth council

    Falmouth will be electing three town councilors in June. I urge you to join me in supporting Faith Varney. Faith is eager to continue her work for our town. Falmouth and its children have enjoyed the fruits of her labor as a long-term educator. We are quick to rave about our schools. Be rem...

  • Letter: Horch for Brunswick representative

    As the 2010 election season picks up speed , I would like to invite Brunswick residents to join me in supporting Fred Horch in his campaign for the Maine House of Representatives in District 66. Fred is a local small business owner, a husband and father, and member of the Maine Green Indep...

  • Letter: Varney for Falmouth council

    I am writing in support of Faith Varney for Falmouth Town Council. She is a hard worker, very articulate and caring about Falmouth and all its citizens. Faith has a logical mind and will bring common sense to the workings of the Town Council. You know her as the Falmouth Citizen of the Year in...

  • Letter: Falmouth should choose Varney

    I have been a resident of Falmouth for nearly 20 years, yet only recently have I started to take a serious interest in my town's politics. I was busy working, life happens, and for many years I abdicated my right to express my opinion on issues that face our community. But that has changed...

  • Letter: Freeport dispatch decision makes sense

    The Freeport Town Council made a difficult decision when it voted to contract with Brunswick for emergency dispatch service. I commend this action. Little is so central and personal in the public sphere as public safety, so this vote was not an easy one for councilors. Structural change is never ...

  • Letter: 'A Chemical Reaction' hits home in Yarmouth

    I had the privilege of participating in last week's showing of Paul Tukey's movie, “A Chemical Reaction,” in Yarmouth. Paul's enthusiasm for making changes to open space and lawn care practices is inspiring and critically important. When I survey my immediate neighborhood, ther...