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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.

  • Probing Politics: A little heat could improve Maine’s business climate

    Just as the 124th Maine Legislature reconvenes for its second session, the Maine Economic Research Institute has published its legislator ratings for the first regular session which ran from January to June of 2009. The ... 4

  • Letter: Thanks from South Portland Food Cupboard

    The spirit of giving was alive and well in the South Portland area this year. Our food cupboard was overwhelmed with the response of the food drives performed by elementary schools, church youth groups, scouts and local businesses. Hannaford Bros. kept us supplied with their "Fund A Feast" boxes ...

  • Letter: Cumberland road work is necessary

    I am writing in support of Cumberland’s Route 88 improvement project, which was recently unanimously approved by the Town Council. We have lived off of Route 88 for 30 years, and I walk recreationally on the road several times a week. This project is a matter of safety for those who walk,...

  • Letter: It's wrong to write off libraries

    Edgar Allen Beem wrote in his column about the demise of books, reading and libraries. Certainly libraries and the ways people access books and information are changing, but we are far from the last throes of a dying civilization. Although Beem spoke as a former librarian, he actually hasn’... 1

  • Letter: Newman ignores India's caste problem

    Perry B. Newman's gushing column on India's education system leaves out a few important points. India's exceptional performance over the past two decades is amazing and can largely be attributed to the strength of India's traditional family values. The divorce rate is less than 2 percent and educ...

  • Forecaster Forum: At times like this, you really need an unfriend

    My mother repeatedly tells me Facebook is evil, and I'm starting to believe her. I am referring to Facebook, a “social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” I defended my Facebook use by declaring the site keeps me “co...

  • Universal Notebook: Open and affirming in 2010

    On the first Sunday of Advent, I was typecast as a skeptic in a little church skit about watching and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. One of my lines, condemning the Black Friday holiday shopping frenzy, was “That’s not a religious celebration. It’s rampant consumerism. ...

  • Short Relief: From Cortina to Congress Street

    Several years ago, I was lucky enough to go skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina is a town in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy near the Austria border. In addition to the beautiful natural and man-made scenery, the warmth of the Italian people and the good food, one of the things ...