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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: Scarborough right to rein in horse owners

    I would like to thank the Scarborough Town Council and everyone who responded positively to the changes being made to the "horses on the beach" ordinance, which will now require the display of a large, visible permit number by all horse riders on the beach. Hopefully the visible permit wi...

  • Letter: Keep Willard Beach open to all

    In 1989, when I moved to the Willard Square area, I began walking on Willard Beach regularly, mostly in the early mornings before I went to work. What a privilege and joy to be able to experience such beauty. The other "regular strollers" were friendly, welcoming and respectful not only to...

  • Letter: Keep Willard Beach unique

    We have been homeowners in South Portland for 2 1/2 years. We visited many coastal communities before deciding the city offered both the sense of community and recreational areas that we wanted our children to experience. We are pleased to have met many friendly residents and enjoy patronizing the...

  • Letter: Protect people, not dogs, at Willard Beach

    As the election nears, I want to point out a few things for people to think about when it comes to the ordinance change for Willard Beach in South Portland. The biggest reason I support it is because I have a problem with allowing my grandchildren (or me for that matter) to play in the same san...

  • Letter: 'Flights of hyperbole' in Brunswick

    Oxford Aviation tout F. Lee Bailey uses soaring flights of hyperbole, enchanting all within earshot without the slightest bit of evidence, analysis or substantiation. Try these: "a tremendous opportunity for Brunswick, far beyond anything I had imagined;" and "further cement Brun...

  • Letter: Hold our senators accountable

    Edgar Allen Beem hit just the right note on almost every concern about the need for health-care reform. I, too, am mystified that so many are voicing dismay that President Obama would like to change the status quo of our health-care industry. Can it be that they do not pay their own premiums ...

  • The Universal Notebook: The Corporate States of America

    If you ever had any doubt that the Republican Party nationally has become the party of big business, consider the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee now before the U.S. Supreme Court. The political fate of the nation may rest on the decision in that case and the Supreme Court seem... 6

  • Letter: Don't short-change Scarborough schools

    Our family moved to Scarborough seven years ago. Part of the appeal was the reputation of the school system. Last year I spent two mornings a week volunteering in my daughter's school, where I saw the daily dedication of teachers and staff to the children. Unfortunately her school needed extra hel...