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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: Critical analysis hurts Brunswick's image

    Is Brunswick "anti-business"? No. Could we do more to improve our attitude towards business? Absolutely. The Forecaster's recent character assassination of Steve Levesque, chairman of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, is an unfortunate example. Steve has an unparalle... 1

  • Letter: 'Color of Community' on display at Cape church

    "Color of Community" is a nonprofit group of college students who come from different cultures, different religions and different experiences. These young adults have endured tremendous challenges, most of which are beyond our imagination. They have, in the process, discovered what is most import...

  • Letter: Falmouth plan will devalue land

    The Lowell family has had a long history of owning land in Falmouth and the surrounding communities, land that has been passed from generation to generation. Along the way the family has worked with state and local towns to ensure much of their land could be enjoyed by the community and future g...

  • Letter: South Portland Food Cupboard says thanks

    When we started, the South Portland Food Cupboard never imagined we would have so many visitors. Just in February, we had a 36 percent increase over last February; many visitors had lost their jobs. The Mill Creek Hannaford has recently donated $1,000. It seems they sold the most "Fund a...

  • Forecaster Forum: METRO bus service is worth Falmouth's investment

    The METRO regional bus service provides an important and efficient transportation choice for many in our community. Buses provide lower transportation costs to riders, including commuters for work, senior citizens, young people, tourists and others. Public transportation also improves the quali...

  • Universal Notebook: The arrogance of the human animal

    Just about the first thing you read when you open the Bible is that God gave man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” If by “dominion” we m...

  • Letter: Frank wrong about instant run-off voting

    To the editor: It does not surprise me that Halsey Frank, as the former chairman of the Republican City Committee, would be warning of the dangers of instant runoff voting. He offered an unlikely example of how IRV might lead to distorting the will of the voters in an extremely close elect...

  • Short Relief: The dangers of using run-off voting to elect Portland's mayor

    At its January 28th meeting, Portland’s Charter Commission voted 9-1 to let Portland residents consider revising the City Charter to employ Instant Runoff Voting, also called Rank Choice Voting, for mayor. With IRV, voters rank each candidate in order of preference. If no candidate ...