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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: The message students send

    Michael Waxman’s letter last week seems to imply that our schools should only focus on getting our students into good schools and not worrying about their moral and civic development. I find this a complete antithesis of how I view education. In the classroom, while reading "The Gre...

  • Letter: Don't sacrifice SAD 51 teachers

    Across the state, schools and social service organizations are restructuring due to Maine’s revenue shortfall. School Administrative District 51 is no exception. We’ve seen significant emotion around the discussion of this year’s school budget, as people express alarm at both th...

  • Letter: Pesticide film sends strong message

    I attended Paul Tukey's powerful film "A Chemical Reaction" at Yarmouth high school. Today I registered for the notification registry so that I can be aware of neighbors who have just had their lawn sprayed. Here is the wording from the Maine state Web site: "Communication informs the a...

  • Letter: Portland, Falmouth businesses chip in

    This past week I volunteered to put together some Easter baskets for the children staying at the Preble Street Family Shelter. Nearly all the donations for the baskets came from local businesses, and I was truly touched by their generous contributions. In tough economic times, it seems cha...

  • The Universal Notebook: Bad news for Boehner, Beck, bishop

    Happily celebrating a daughter’s wedding in a lovely little village up in the White Mountains, I blessedly missed much of the rancorous congressional health-care debate. I got home Sunday evening just in time to see House Minority Leader John Boehner screaming and spewing “Hell... 5

  • Probing Politics: How to boil a frog

    Editor's note: When The Forecaster launched Probing Politics last year, we stipulated that the column would be discontinued if Tony Payne became a candidate for re-election to the Falmouth Town Council. Because Tony has now declared his candidacy, th...

  • Forecaster Forum: Playing, not performance, matters most

    Two basketball seasons ago, I was given a group of sixth-grade girls no one wanted to coach. They were not considered good enough to make an "A" team, or they were too much of an unknown quantity to other coaches. They could have played pick-up games in the local rec program, but they...

  • Forecaster Forum: Parents, not schools, should parent our children

    The founders of this country, the authors of the Constitution, had a very healthy and justified skepticism about government and its penchant to intrude into its citizens’ private lives. The animating theme behind the Bill of Rights was to protect the individual rights of man against the in... 3