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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: Raise Beem's taxes, please

    Six years ago, in another of his soak-the-rich socialist screeds ("Who needs property tax relief," March 4, 2004), Edgar Allen Beem volunteered that less than $10,000 separated him from the poorhouse. In other words, he counted himself among that segment of the population consuming almost as much... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth conservation plan goes too far

    Congratulation to the Falmouth Town Council for listening to residents and removing the 750-foot dimensional standard around vernal pools. Yet, a landowner with an insignificant vernal pool 10 feet across will have 4.69 acres of her land affected by this new regulation. Why? The state only regula...

  • Letter: When trees are trimmed, power stays on

    I would like to thank the town of Cape Elizabeth and Central Maine Power Co. for removing the trees and overgrowth along Sawyer Street between Eastman and Fickett streets last week. High winds consistently uproot trees and break branches near the utility lines, causing extended power outages to ...

  • Letter: Paid sick days pay off for everyone

    The rules which govern the economy should move us towards good jobs, healthy families, environmental sustainability, respect for human rights and access to essential services. Paid sick days are necessary for our public health and workplace productivity and, frankly, just the right thing to do fo...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about taxes

    I can’t believe Edgar Allen Beem can be so out of touch with reality. At first glance, I thought "Raise taxes, please" was sarcasm. Then after reading the piece, I realized that he just doesn’t get it. Maybe he is a rich man, so maybe a few thousand dollars a year in extra taxe... 1

  • Letter: Investor has had enough of Otten

    Thank you for the revealing look into gubernatorial candidate Les Otten's past business dealings. Unfortunately, in this economic climate, it's an all too familiar story: CEO manages company into oblivion, then scampers away mostly intact while his employees and investors (of which I was o...

  • Letter: Social service providers need support

    If you had an offer that would give you $3 for any $1 you put in and it was legal, would you be interested? You bet. That is the offer being made to Maine by the federal Medicaid program through June 2012. It is a tremendous break for a state budget that is significantly stressed. But m...

  • Letter: Falmouth depends on Route 1 bridge

    Can the residents of Falmouth live with no Martin Point Bridge for three years? The simple answer is no. There are many safety, environmental and cost factors that would not make this alternative a viable choice. First, there would be a significant increase in travel time to medical facili...