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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: To the rescue in Yarmouth

    Many, many thanks to the two couples, and others, who pulled over on the Interstate 295 Exit 15 ramp in Yarmouth, (even though I waved you off) and got me out of a snow bank after my car spun out. The man who pulled my mini-van out with his truck, I didn't get your name, gets the "Good Samaritan"...

  • Letter: Yarmouth 5th-grader says don't idle

    I am a fifth-grader. I have noticed a lot of cars idling their engines when they do not need to in my town. It bothers me that people would just leave their cars on when they are not using them. I am telling you about this because it’s not only bad for the environment, people also have to p...

  • Letter: Disaster averted in Freeport

    We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Freeport, Durham, Pownal, Brunswick and Yarmouth fire departments for the incredible job they did in putting down the fire in our garage and saving our house on Sunday, Jan. 10. That was mutual aid at its finest. We woul...

  • Letter: Sidewalk shoveling woes in Portland

    Very ironic that in a city where so many people are concerned with pedestrian safety issues and where the city itself touts it's walkability that the Portland snowplows still see fit to plow snow from the streets onto the sidewalks. By city ordinance all property owners are responsible for...

  • The Universal Notebook: FairPoint takes a shot in the dark

    Just when you thought it was safe to do business again with FairPoint Communications, the telecommunications midget threatens to cut the Internet connections of 20,000 Great Works Internet customers. GWI is my Internet service provider and I couldn’t be happier with their service. And Fa...

  • Probing Politics: Paid sick leave proposal hits a raw nerve

    In my work, it always is a challenge to remain focused on ideas, voting records and data. Providing information about legislation and its consequences allows readers or the audiences I address to arrive at their own conclusions. I try to be balanced but, I don’t always succeed. This is one ...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Make it your mantra: Never give up

    Courtney was a dropout. Recently, she received notification of her college acceptance – and she will graduate from Portland High School in June. Quite a turnaround for a young woman who did not look like she was going to make it through high school, much less be accepted to college.

  • Letter: Inspired by new citizens, Haitian spirit

    I attended my fourth naturalization ceremony on Jan. 15 and was witness to another student's big step into U.S. citizenship. It is truly an honor to witness these events; I never tire of them and I never say no. I am typically the only person there for that particular student, and although it is ...