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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: Lobster roll goes a long way

    On behalf of the West End Neighborhood Association, I would like to thank everyone involved for the tremendous effort in helping us make the World's Longest Lobster Roll event on June 7 a success. I'd like to thank those who donated the ingredients for the food and those who provided logistical...

  • Letter: Enforce the law of litter

    Look around. Are the streets, sidewalks, paths, parks and beaches litter and trash free? Doesn't this reflect poorly on the community and yourselves? The No. 1 offenders are cigarette smokers. No matter where you go, you'll find cigarette butts. Not only are these unsightly, but sti...

  • Letter: Keep church, state separate

    Rev. Sandy Williams' recent letter shows that he is out of his depth in matters of social science and civic policy. He claims that "most people would condemn" the same list of sinners mentioned by Paul of Tarsus in the New Testament. I beg to differ: alcoholics, as we now... 5

  • Letter: Support the SAD 51 budget

    We can't afford to not support the School Administrative District 51 school budget. If our schools fail, our community fails. If we support our schools our community thrives. It's that simple. As a selectman in North Yarmouth, I fully understand why individuals voted the school budget down. We ...

  • The Universal Notebook: How to ruin a good Town Meeting

    The Yarmouth Town Meeting last week went pretty much as it has all 27 years we've lived in town. A few hundred people showed up in the middle school gym, the annual Latchstring Award was given for outstanding community service, retiring School Committee members were given Windsor chairs in reco...

  • Letter: Save Main St. from what?

    I have been a resident of Cumberland for 17 years and am trying to understand the opposition to the establishment of a credit union on Main Street. I think "saving" Main Street from a credit union is a bit melodramatic. I don't quite know what we would be "saving" Main Str...

  • Letter: Farrell for Portland Charter Commission

    Paul Farrell is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Portland Charter Commission and I urge you to join me in supporting him. Paul is a neighbor of mine in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood and a former co-worker from the Maine Democratic Party's Victory 2008 campaign. He is a talente...

  • Letter: Back the Cumberland credit union

    I will be voting yes on June 9 to support the addition of the credit union on Main Street in Cumberland. Over the past several years as both part of local government and a private citizen, I've participated in hearings on previous proposals regarding other Main Street projects. The ...