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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: RSU 1 stance disappoints Bath teacher

    I am a proud Morse High School Shipbuilder and a proud member of a great teachers union in RSU 1. Morse High School is an institution rich in tradition. RSU 1 is a district rich in a tradition of treating teachers fairly and decently. Yes, we've had disagreements with school boards in the past, but...

  • Letter: Dog owner appreciates Beem column

    Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem, for your column about Rudy and Twin Brooks. It brought a smile to my face, for I can identify with the two of you. My black Lab, Briggs, and I walk there most mornings in all weather and we both have a wonderful time. There is, indeed, something magic about seeing your c...

  • Letter: Newman column right on target

    Perry B. Newman's column hit the nail on the head: "We fear change because it will cost us ..." This country needs many, many more of its citizens willing to compromise, to give up something of their own for the common good.

  • Letter: South Portland School Board responds

    We members of the South Portland School Board are writing this letter to address last week's article, "South Portland School Board appointment raises questions about oversight, superintendent's role" and the subsequent editorial. The article states that "Superintendent of School... 2

  • Letter: End the bigotry over marriage

    Edgar Allen Beem's commentary, "Marriage is a gay inevitability," leads me to wonder: had Barack Obama been denied the presidency based solely on his skin color or on the fact that he was the product of a mixed-race marriage, would that not be bigotry? Or if women and minorities were stil... 4

  • Letter: 2 Maines, 2 views of marriage

    The recent referendum on homosexual marriage was as much about the north-south divide in Maine as it was between conservatives and liberals. Northern Maine is mostly made up of traditional Mainers who have been progressively abandoned by the Democratic Party over the past 50 years. In fact, Maine is...

  • Letter: Perhaps Payne should dull it down

    The letter from a citizen of Cumberland in the Nov.19 Forecaster demanding that Tony Payne be forbidden column space is odd, even a little weird. The writer's objection boils down to this, that Mr. Payne, as an elected official "... should be responsible enough to know that publishing his polit...

  • Probing Politics: As much fun as a breast exam

    A government study has suggested routine mammograms should be started at age 50 instead of age 40. The evidence-based analysis seems clear – we're spending billions of dollars to screen for cancer, only to find no evidence of the disease in the vast majority of women under the age of 50. ...