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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: What nursing shortage?

    I just turned 62 a couple of weeks ago. I've been a registered nurse for over 45 years. I got a bachelor's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL. Like Edgar Allen Beem, I'm "Underemployed or unemployed." I apply weekly to Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Martin's P...

  • Forecaster Forum: Employees make the difference at Oxford Aviation

    As I read The Forecaster article "Firm with eyes on Brunswick base thrives on public funds, political connections" about Oxford Aviation, I immediately thought of the employees in the hangar, dili...

  • The Universal Notebook: In the spirit of health-care compromise

    Back in 1980, my lovely young bride chipped a tooth. Young and foolish and head over heels in love, we had no money, no jobs and no insurance. Fortunately, we were in Scotland at the time. As a college student studying in the UK, Carolyn was covered by National Health. A dentist in ... 2

  • Superintendent's Notebook: The power of a caring adult

    The staff of the Portland Public Schools inspired me on their first day back at work after the summer break. I want to share that inspiration with you. I had first-day-of-school jitters before an opening-day gathering of staff in the Portland Expo. Everyone was invited – bus drivers, food...

  • Letter: Thanks for cleaning up Mackworth

    Many thanks to the folks who cleaned up the shores of Maine this past weekend as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Special thanks to the crew from St. Mary the Virgin Church, who picked up trash along the shoreline of Mackworth Island and the causeway to it. Mackworth looks so prist...

  • Letter: Civility lost in Scarborough

    I am not concerned about whether the Scarborough Town Council was correct or incorrect on their final decision on Depot Road. The choice was made by a majority of our duly elected councilors. I am convinced all parties had more than ample opportunity for their beliefs and concerns to be heard,...

  • Letter: Support Scarborough schools, teachers

    I was stunned and extremely disheartened last spring to find out that our schools were facing some very deep cuts to their budget. Although I'm relieved that there was some reduction made to the initial proposed figure, it is a huge disservice to our community to not provide our schools with th...

  • Letter: Preserve status quo at Willard Beach

    People, dogs, bagpipers, weddings, playgroups, people from Maine, people from "away," people with pastry and coffee, people with ice cream, the regular jogging group running along the beach, people stopping to actually talk to each other – what other community in our area can even co...