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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.

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A West End success story at Portland's Reiche Elementary School

    Schools used to use parent volunteers mainly for tasks such as baking cupcakes, making bulletin boards or raising money. Parents felt useful, teachers appreciated the help, principals were happy and all was well with the world. Today, smart principals and teachers are tapping into the depth...

  • Letter: Don't rush into the public option

    Just like a bad penny, the public option plan keeps coming back. As health-care reform moves toward a Senate vote, the plan is not part of legislation on the table. But don't count this controversial measure out. Competition usually benefits consumers. But a federally subsidized public plan wo...

  • Letter: Yarmouth is paved with promises

    Three years ago they were going to pave Route 88 in Yarmouth from the Westcutogo Inn to the Texaco station. Now they say they will repave it from Smith Street to Bayview Street. We'll see. Dick Miller

  • Letter: Monaghan-Derrig for Cape council

    We would like to express words of support and endorsement for Kim Monaghan-Derrig in the upcoming November election for the Town Council seat in Cape Elizabeth. Our family has known Kim for many years. She is a native of Cape Elizabeth, and an active participant involved in many state and local...

  • Letter: Walsh for Cape Elizabeth council

    As a resident of Cape Elizabeth for over 37 years, I am writing to give my support to Jim Walsh who is running for the open seat on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council. Jim ran for the council seat opening last January with a respectable showing, and I am extremely pleased that he is running again.

  • Letter: Defeat Crosby and the dog ban

    Gary Crosby has once again spread more proverbial bull manure about the Willard Beach issue than any amount of poop a well-attended dog or responsible pet owner has ever left behind. Contrary to Gary's assertion, a visit to the Save Willard Beach Web site will not provide the though...

  • Letter: Elitist agenda in North Yarmouth

    Recently the North Yarmouth selectmen changed the status of Old Town House Park to no hunting after allowing it in a previous vote. Their bias against hunting is obvious, as statistics show hunting is safer than any other sport nationally, including Ping-Pong. The elitist bias of t...

  • Letter: Crowds fuel Maine Marathon runner

    As a newbie participant in the Peak Performance Maine Marathon, I'd like to express my gratitude to the residents and volunteers of Portland and Falmouth who came out to support the runners with their voices, cowbells, cups of water and Gatorade, and shouts of encouragement. More than a race,...