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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: Support Cape's Shore Road Path

    I urge residents of Cape Elizabeth to support the Shore Road Path. There are compelling reasons to do so from the standpoints of how it will improve pedestrian safety, restore some country-road walkability to Shore Road, and connect some of Cape's community assets and parks. The project is also ...

  • Short Relief: Portland and the Bronx, worlds apart, closer than you think

    Recently, I drove 12 hours over two days to take my son, a life-long Red Sox fan, to the new Yankee Stadium to see a game with his grandfather, a die-hard Yankees fan. Their inter-game, pre-game, mid-game, and post-game telephone calls to one another are the source of much amusement for our fa...

  • Forecaster Forum: For volunteer, walking for children’s cancer gets even more personal

    As someone who has been involved with the Maine Children's Cancer Walk for the past 18 years, I have had the good fortune to meet and see many wonderful children, their families and a number of volunteers over the years. Their attitudes, spirit and commitment is an inspiration to everyone and remind...

  • Forecaster Forum: Medical school sheds light on what matters most in life

    My roommate has been showering in the dark all week. Why? The light bulb burned out. Why didn't she replace it? Because we had a neurology exam on Friday. Replacing the light bulb would have taken seven or eight minutes, and that's seven or eight minutes less looking at brain MRIs, memo... 1

  • Letter: No on South Portland dog ban

    The November referendum to ban dog owners and their dogs from Willard Beach for six months a year certainly attests to the power of the written word and alarmist claims about what is happening at our beach. My observation of the situation since the late 1980s, and the gentrification of the beach...

  • The Universal Notebook: Let them eat Whole Foods

    We've known for many years now that Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey is not the sort of person most of his customers or employees would agree with, like or admire. He's a predatory, conservative free-marketer who's been able to corner the progressive organic health food market. E... 4

  • Letter: Scarborough fact and fiction

    It has been said that if one repeats a lie often enough folks will believe it to be true. This seems to have been the strategy of the Pine Point Residents Group concerning the land swap of Depot Street in Scarborough. Inundating newspapers with letters and storming council chambers with dozen...

  • Letter: Falmouth coaches deserve thanks

    This fall marks the 10th and final year in a row that one or more of my children will run cross country for Falmouth High School. During that time Danny Paul and Jorma Kurry have shared the coaching responsibilities. My children's running skills span all levels from elite runner, to good runner,...