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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: Payne column misses the point

    Tony Payne receives high marks for projecting misconceptions about business here in Maine. He is stuck on the idea that taxes and worker benefits stunt job creation. Surely low taxes are helpful to entice employers to locate to this state. However, there are other more compelling reasons... 1

  • Reporter's Notebook: Special delivery for J.D.

    The package for J.D. Salinger rolled off the conveyor wrapped in L.L. Bean's signature brown paper. It could have been a sweater, maybe a bathrobe. Definitely not slippers. Those came in a box. I knew this because in 1995 I worked as a courier for FedEx in Lebanon, N.H. I was fresh out of... 2

  • Letter: In Falmouth, your land is my land

    Falmouth's Long Range Planning Advisory Committee issued recommendations. The Town Council’s guiding principles included “start with scientific principles” and “minimize impacts on land owners." The committee's report is empty, or worse, on both. No scientific data ...

  • The Universal Notebook: The (corporate) state of the union

    “For 12 years this nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing government. The nation looked to government but the government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the ...

  • Probing Politics: Intentional or just a multi-million dollar mistake?

    Cuts in aid to education are impacting every community in the state. Teachers are facing layoffs and programs are being cut. School districts are discussing both spending reductions as well as increases in the already overburdened property tax. In the search for savings, one road that lead...

  • Short Relief: It's time for a Forest City food fight

    I just don’t watch enough TV. I have not been keeping up with the Kardashians. Am way behind on who is the next American Idol. Totally unappreciative of how many times Jack Bauer has saved civilization from devastation with only seconds to spare in his 24 hours. However, I do occa...

  • Letter: Anti-hunting conspiracy in North Yarmouth?

    Regarding North Yarmouth’s showdown over hunting, let me say hunting is a safe sport, more so than most other contact sports. According to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Association, for the period of 1990-2006, only two hunting incidents occurred in Maine where the victim was not a hunter. The...

  • Letter: Communication can open North Yarmouth land

    A story last week claimed that a “showdown looms over hunting in North Yarmouth.” In fact, the real issue is that too much private land in North Yarmouth is posted “no hunting.” As a result, hunters, sports teams, hikers and others are heading toward an unnecessary confl...