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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.

  • The Universal Notebook: Hot dog! It's summer!

    By the time you read this (unless you're reading it online, in which case you're probably too early), I'll be up at the church cooking. The sun came out today for the first time in a month, so it may finally be summer. Around here that means the Yarmouth Clam Festival (July 17-19) and the Yarmouth C...

  • Letter: 'Need' versus 'want' in Yarmouth

    On July 20 the Yarmouth Town Council will discuss spending $175,000 to improve a small waterfront facility on Cousins Island. Currently the use of that area is well balanced between boaters, picnickers, kayak and canoe users, swimmers and the neighbors. However, some changes need to be made to def...

  • Letter: Falmouth fortunate to have Rosenblum

    I am writing in response to the story regarding Falmouth teacher Paul Rosenblum. My daughter just graduated from Falmouth High School. Her senior discovery presentation required a Falmouth teacher be present; most students choose a high school teacher. My daughter chose Paul Rosenblum – her teache...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'mock wedding' isn't news

    I am writing this letter to you to express my concern about your quest for information about the "mock wedding" at Plummer Motz School and the implicit allegations of "cover up." As a parent of two children in Falmouth (and one recently in Mr. Rosenblum's classroom), I rely on Th...

  • Letter: Farewell from Freeport school chief

    I would like to thank the citizens of Freeport for your support to education. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your superintendent of schools over the past five years. During this time the work of the schools has been productive, interesting, at times challenging, but at all ti...

  • Letter: Falmouth teacher is 'the best'

    I am a parent of a former student of Falmouth teacher Paul Rosenblum. My son was in his class in 2005. He was by far the best teacher my son has had to date. Many teachers are dedicated and do a great job, but the enthusiasm "Mr. R" brings to the classroom is special. He attends to each st...

  • Letter: Connecting Portland, Falmouth

    Thank you sincerely for Peggy Roberts' excellent piece on the Center for African Heritage's summer youth employment program at River Point in Falmouth. It conveyed not only an appreciation of workplace issues confronting young African immigrants and refugees, but also of their idealism, their e...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: What was I thinking?

    When the news spread that I was named Portland's new superintendent of schools, many people congratulated me with messages such as "Good for you" and "You're the right guy for Portland." Sadly, I also heard from a minority who asked questions such as "What are you thi...