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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: Don't go outside for RSU 5 bus service

    It is with great pride and elation that we thank our community for rallying and uniting for a common purpose. Durham, Freeport and Pownal showed our only distinct separation is the boundary lines of our respective townships. Thank you all for uniting with such passion, revitalizing the &l...

  • Letter: Now's time to rebuild Route 88 in Cumberland

    I write in support of the reconstruction of Route 88 in Cumberland. Route 88 is used by motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians; its disrepair is well known by all these groups. Safety statistics do not tell the full story of the problems with Route 88. My wife was struck by a car while walk...

  • Letter: Welcome to Falmouth?

    Last year, the office building in Yarmouth in which we were located burned to the ground. After looking at many locations, Route 1 in Falmouth seemed to offer just what we needed. After the trauma of being burned out, we mentally committed ourselves to being positive about the forced relocation...

  • Letter: Cumberland needs Route 88 project

    The Cumberland Taxpayers Association says the town shouldn’t borrow $4.5 million dollars to make repairs to Route 88. They contend undertaking the project will cost another $1,550 per household. Their Web site states that the road “… is no less safe than any other major artery ...

  • Editorial: Oxford, Bailey bail out of Brunswick, leave behind a red herring

    There's no denying the decision by criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, his investors and Oxford Aviation to abandon efforts to establish an aircraft refurbishing business as part of the reuse of Brunswick Naval Air Station leaves base redevelopers with one less option. But don't be mi...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Building a foundation for the future

    Someone asked me recently why I have involved the community in creating a vision for the future of the Portland Public Schools when times are so bleak. Our district will lose millions of dollars in state and federal aid next July as a result of the recession. That will mean fewer adults s...

  • Letter: Paid sick days help everyone

    I am a small business owner and I am writing to support LD 1665, the paid sick days bill. I run a child-care business out of my home and have one employee. I charge by the hour, specifically to encourage parents to keep their sick children home. All the other child-care homes and centers I know ...

  • The Universal Notebook: A nose for news

    Whenever the mean-spiritedness that stinks up American public life these days gets to be too much for me, I go outside for a breath of fresh air. Paying more attention to nature than to culture is a wonderful antidote to anger and despair. Last week during the full moon, I stepped out onto... 1