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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 New Year's wish-list for better government

    In politics, the year ahead will be remembered as among the most challenging in history. A lingering recession, a nation far deeper in debt and municipalities being asked to pick up costs that state government can no longer afford are forcing politicians to make choices. Here are some wishes for ... 2

  • Forecaster Forum: It takes more than tradition to keep flying high at Christmas

    Lots of grousing this Christmas season: no one is out shopping because the economy is in the tank, people are afraid to use their credit cards the way they once did, unemployment is too high, the Internet is stealing business from regular stores and sales tax revenue from the state, expensive gas...

  • Letter: Amazed by Pine Point process

    I watched in amazement as the Planning Board approved the parking lot plan for the Lighthouse Motel last Monday night. I was convinced that these hard-working volunteers who put in so much time for our town would do the right thing and delay any action until many legal and procedural questions w...

  • Letter: Scarborough deserves apologies

    Many people held out hope the Scarborough Planning Board would really look into the Lighthouse Motel site plan. But they said they could only look at the parking lot plan. Since when does the Planning Board consider development proposals without regard to abutting properties and nearby infrastruc...

  • Letter: Scarborough Planning Board erred

    I am writing about the Scarborough Planning Board’s decision to approve the Lighthouse Motel’s site plan for their expanded parking lot on Depot Street. What is remarkable about this decision is that the board could have easily tabled approval until all questions were answered and the...

  • Letter: The rich get richer

    I know four different people who are in danger of losing their homes. In my previous 54 years of existence, I cannot recall knowing even one person who was in this situation. These are all good people, all with families, all hard-working people who until recently were getting along just fine. Are...

  • Letter: Thanks for Scarborough land bond vote

    On behalf of the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust and its officers, directors and supporters, I would like to thank the citizens of Scarborough for their overwhelming support of the recent Land Bond Referendum, and the mandate for continued land conservation purchases ...

  • Letter: Forward thinking, quick action pay off

    During the Greely High School performance of "Anything Goes," a grandfather of one of the performers on stage collapsed in the audience. Many people quickly came to his aid. Those in the audience comfortable with emergency resuscitation began an assessment and started CPR. With no palpable puls...