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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: Food cupboard says thanks

    Macy's employees have raised food and money for the South Portland Food Cupboard. In late June and early July they raised over $1,000, and Federated Department Stores will match this. What a wonderful surprise for us. These men and women did this all on their own, with no customer involvement. ...

  • Letter: Beem needs a time-out

    In reading Edgar Allen Beem's piece entitled "Glenn Beck, the 'Libertarian Limbaugh,'" it is clear to me that Mr. Beem sees the world through "far-left rose colored glasses." I challenge him and others who believe whatever they read to do at least one of the following: 1) listen... 4

  • The Universal Notebook: My contribution to health-care reform

    With the health-care reform bandwagon rolling to a halt as Congress goes into its August recess, I thought I might take advantage of this breather to offer a few modest reform proposals of my own. 4

  • Letter: Falmouth's priceless Art

    I want to let you know how impressed I was with Peggy Roberts' article about Art Frederiksen in the July 9 edition. A friend and I spent 10 days at the Falmouth American Legion hall learning how to make bamboo fly rods. Our visit was more than just a technical venture due to Art's presence. He ha...

  • Short Relief: How do you spell tax relief? Not LD 1495

    Recently, I heard Rick Snow speak against LD 1495, the Governor's Act to Implement Tax Relief and Tax Reform. Rick is owner of Maine Indoor Karting in Scarborough where you can leave your financial troubles behind by wearing a helmet and jumpsuit and racing high-performance, gas-powered go-cart...

  • Letter: Limbaugh, Beck and Beem

    I guess that my listening to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as well as Hannity, Ingraham, Savage, Levin, Gallagher, O'Reilly, Dobbs, etc., must also make me a weak-minded right-wing wacko. If that's the case, then I'm proud of it! As a holdover from the hippie generation filled with pseudo-intellectu...

  • Letter: Beem has it wrong

    I'm dismayed at Edgar Allen Beem's poor understanding of our country's founding principals. He thinks we are somehow entitled to "equality and common good," yet derides a waitress for having an opinion. Apparently that waitress doesn't deserve equality, or common good. Whats up...

  • Letter: Problems with same-sex marriage

    The apathy of the citizens of Maine before the Legislature's vote on same-sex marriage was apparent. Emotionalism has strained the citizens. They will respond to the grand folly that was passed by the Legislature and the governor. The citizens had a sensible measure of tolerance. Today it is a ...