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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.

  • The Universal Notebook: Bad beards of baseball

    As I write this, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied one game apiece in the 2009 World Series. Fewer folks on the West Coast probably care about the outcome (which we will know by the time this column is in print) than care about the outcome of Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot...

  • Short Relief: A few good men, good laws and good will

    William S. Cohen is a white guy from Bangor. In high school he was known as "Bangor Billy" because of his sharpshooting ability on the basketball court. He went to Bowdoin College, where he received degrees in Latin and Greek and learned to write poetry, and then to Bosto... 2

  • Letter: Payne shouldn't write column

    Tony Payne is an intelligent and competent Falmouth town councilor. The issue I have with Payne's Opinion column has little to do with his opinions themselves, but rather the fact that The Forecaster would agree to give a single town councilor an opinion column at all. Upon even a moment of reflecti...

  • Letter: Beem column 'lacks' credibility

    There is an important word missing in Edgar Allen Beem's discourse on bias in the media: credibility. Beem concedes that there is a bias in the press and his bias has always been on the liberal side of things. He notes that the conservatives have their own bias in the media, and then concludes ... 3

  • Letter: Health-care legislation under attack

    Recently we've seen ads, letters to editors and mailers from special-interest groups trying to mislead the public about important health-care issues debated last session at the Statehouse. As an organization dedicated to protecting consumers and promoting quality, affordable health care for everyone... 2

  • Editorial: Where we stand on local and state ballot questions

    There are several local ballot questions facing voters in The Forecaster coverage area Nov. 3, and seven more facing all voters on the statewide ballot. Here's where we stand on them: South Portland The debate over whether dogs should be allowed, and to what extent, on...

  • The Universal Notebook: My media bias

    Last month, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a survey that showed that 60 percent of Americans believe the press is politically biased. That's 78 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of Independents, and 50 percent of Democrats. Just two years ago, only 39...

  • Probing Politics: Excess, excise and TABOR II

    "Government should grow at the same rate as the economy," according to Christopher "Kit" St. John, executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, speaking in opposition to TABOR II at Policy Soundings, a forum for state and national issues. It seems to reflect a... 2