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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: The attentive bird gets the worms

    Nothing pleases my lovely wife Carolyn quite so much as dirt. The only thing she likes better is free dirt. If you're searching for just the right gift for that special occasion, you can't go wrong with a yard of loam, a trailer full of mulch or a nice big pile of compost. As a toke...

  • Short Relief: Another week, another election, more of the same old government

    It seems like every time I turn around there is another election. This week, the citizens of Portland are going to the polls for the second time in a month, to elect members of a Charter Commission to examine Portland's constitution and structure of government. Last time, it was to ...

  • Letter: Thanks for successful Relay

    As chairwoman of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Brunswick volunteer planning committee, I would like to thank residents of the Mid-Coast community for their generosity and support. I would also like to thank Brunswick High School for hosting this event. Eighty-eight teams part...

  • Letter: A pastor's position

    Steven Priestly's letter deserves comment. His characterization of Leviticus as "a long-winded, spiteful and seemingly arbitrary tirade" misses the fact that Leviticus 18 not only prohibits homosexual conduct, but bestiality and incest – sexual relations with the same persons menti... 1

  • Letter: Yarmouth candidate apologizes

    I am writing to apologize to Yarmouth Town Councilors Karl Steinbach and Jeff Darrell for conveying an error as part of an ad that I placed in The Forecaster pertaining to my candidacy for Town Council. In my ad I incorrectly stated that none of the current councilors had children in the Yarmouth s...

  • Letter: Don't waste your 2nd chance

    As I logged into Cumberland's Web site to view the results of the school budget vote on May 26 I was shocked and disappointed not only by the result of the vote, but the fact that only 583 of the 5,837 registered Cumberland voters chose to let their voices be heard. To the 10 percent who voted...

  • Letter: Brown for SAD 51

    We are writing to ask for your support for Mike Brown as a candidate for School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors. Mike has been a resident of Cumberland for more than 10 years and has always been interested and involved in the community, most recently as the vice chairm...

  • Letter: Every vote really counts

    True story: I picked up The Forecaster last Tuesday and read about the SAD 51 budget and that there was to be a vote scheduled for that day. It was 3 p.m. so I didn't have much time, but raced to the polls to vote.