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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: Falmouth's progress on facilities

    On behalf of the Falmouth Community Facilities Planning Committee, I want to thank the people who attended our second public forum on April 5. With the community’s input following our first public forum, the committee has worked hard for over a year to develop a common-sense answer to Falm...

  • Letter: Leave discipline to Yarmouth parents

    I agree with Michael Waxman’s column on Yarmouth’s Athletic Code on one account: our athletes (our children) should not have to sign a code. It is the parents’ responsibility to teach our kids right from wrong and to discipline. It is the schools’ responsibility to teach...

  • Letter: Falmouth ignores prudent path

    Does the typical Falmouth property owner retrofit their old home for ancillary use when moving into a new home? No, they sell it and use the proceeds as a down payment. How about leaving well enough alone and using proceeds from the sale of old schools/town property to retire the debt for the ne...

  • Letter: A 'big green thanks' from Falmouth kids

    The Green Team at Plummer-Motz School would like to thank you for voting for our video. Regardless of whether we win the America’s Greenest School contest or not, we already consider ourselves winners because of your support. We felt special knowing that you were on our side. Our community ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Across the great divide

    I drove to the Portland Expo last week, not to see President Obama, but to observe the crowd gathered outside. I’d say the pro-Obama folks outnumbered the anti-Obama demonstrators by better than 3-1, but I was impressed that everyone seemed to get along politely. The one confrontatio... 3

  • Short Relief: Things get out of control when juries disregard the law

    I was a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1990s. Washington was known as the murder capital of the country at the time. Violence was rampant. In parts of the city, law-abiding citizens cowered in their homes, afraid to go outside for fear of catching a bullet. At times, law en... 1

  • Forecaster Forum: Public servants or public masters?

    Time was when taking a job with the government was seen as a bit of a sacrifice, and hence the term "public service" seemed appropriate. Those working in government were giving up financial reward while they provided services to the public. When I graduated from college with a degree in e...

  • Forecaster Forum: Criticism of Yarmouth Honor Code is off target

    Last week, Michael Waxman made several assertions about the appropriate role of schools in student’s lives and Yarmouth’s Extracurricular Honor Code. His central point – that schools are not parents and should not be the primary source of discipline for our children – was ...