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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: Rancourt, not Sullivan, for Scarborough

    There are two seats open on the Scarborough Town Council. Two incumbents are running, Carol Rancourt and Richard Sullivan. After having watched the Pine Point land swap issue all summer, there is clearly a contrast between these two public officials. Rancourt is intelligent, experienced, clearly d...

  • Letter: Share the South Portland beach

    By now many readers have seen our Share Willard Beach signs popping up in neighborhoods all over South Portland. Over the past week, I have been walking around my own neighborhood in Meetinghouse Hill, delivering yard signs to the many people who have requested them. It's been an incredibly hearten...

  • Letter: Question 1 breeds Chicken Littles

    Chicken Little got hit by an acorn and threw the barnyard into a frenzy when he ran around screaming that the sky was falling. Now he's running around predicting social calamity if we allow same-sex marriage. I realize some people have sincere personal objections to same-sex marriage. I respect that...

  • Letter: Klatt for Brunswick at-large councilor

    I believe that Karen Klatt, the current District 4 Brunswick Town Councilor, is the right choice for the at-large seat currently held by Councilor Joanne King. Klatt has brought issues to the forefront, including the creation of a Finance Committee, and asks the tough questions about the town'...

  • Letter: Falmouth wins with Fall Classic

    We'd like to express our appreciation for and recognize the efforts of the many volunteers who made the Falmouth Fall Classic soccer tournament such a success once again. The community spirit evident at Community Park and the school fields as well as the smiles on the faces of the parents and the a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Our Payne is your gain

    The Forecaster has what I believe is one of the most readable, enlightening and thought-provoking rosters of local columnists writing for any weekly newspaper in Maine. We have Halsey Frank, who sits on the right side of the aisle and pays particular attention to issues in Portland; Per...

  • Probing Politics: In the Maine Legislature, you are how you eat

    "Not bad for a Democrat." That was the comment from a long-time Falmouth Republican upon viewing seven votes cast by his state representative, Mary Nelson of Falmouth. The seven bills were about containing the cost of the Maine Legislature as well as making Maine a place where...

  • The Universal Notebook: TABOR II is not Maine's heritage

    If you ever wondered why the Maine Heritage Policy Center has so little credibility in Maine, you should take a gander at its 2009 "Maine Piglet Book," a document that purports to find $2 billion worth of wasteful spending in state government. Piglet: pork, get it? To begi... 3