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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: Reconsider Pine Point vote

    A "tired" chairman of Scarborough's Town Council and an eager new town manager campaigned successfully to shut down a historic roadway to our ocean beach here in Pine Point forever, gifting it to an abutting ocean business, under the guise of a fair exchange for a narrow parking strip of l...

  • Letter: Scarborough's Depot Street stunner

    I was stunned by the 4-3 vote in favor of Scarborough's Depot Street proposal following the comments by Councilors Rancourt, Sullivan, Roy, and D'Andrea during deliberation. We are giving up more land then we are getting in the land swap. No two-way traffic or a turnaround for adequate access...

  • Letter: Scarborough issue is access

    This is a request to Scarborough Town Councilors Roy and Sullivan to ask for reconsideration of the July 15 vote by the Town Council to give Depot Street to a seasonal business in exchange for a 22-foot corridor access to the beach. Depot Street has belonged to the town and has provided year-ro...

  • Letter: Scarborough needs 'outrage'

    It is my hope that the people of Scarborough will express their outrage at the action of the Town Council on July 15. A good portion of Depot Road will be given to a private organization free of charge in what is characterized as a "land swap." A public hearing on the matter was hel...

  • Forecaster Forum: Remembering Walter Cronkite, the newsman's newsman

    As a reporter for the Portland Press Herald in the early 1980s, my notebook and pen in hand, I walked up to Walter Cronkite at a Maine Mall bookstore. I figured I had him cornered and I went in for the kill. "Isn't it a bit commercial for you to be selling books?" I asked. I a...

  • The Universal Notebook: The eternal vigilance of beach-going

    Back in the 1960s, Higgins Beach in Scarborough attracted teenagers from all over greater Portland. Scarboro Beach, then known as Jordan's Beach because old Mrs. Jordan sat on the access road in her beach wagon collecting parking fees, was the family beach, but Higgins was the hot ...

  • Letter: Share the beach in South Portland

    The City Council of South Portland acted wisely and correctly when it enacted its Willard Beach compromise last winter. This compromise allows dog owners and their supervised dogs on the beach from 7 am. to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m during the warmer months of the year. The misnamed Save W... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth teacher a 'father figure'

    My son spent a great year in Paul Rosenblum's Falmouth class, and when he got an award from the Red Cross three years later he wanted Paul at the ceremony to share that moment with our family. I volunteered over 40 hours in Rosenblum's class. At all times Paul was an outstanding example and tea...