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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: Grateful for Falmouth bus leadership

    As an early enthusiast of bus transportation from Portland to Falmouth, I would like to congratulate the many people who have guided our relationship to the Metro system. Of special interest to me is our new state status and being known from now on as an inherent part of the greater Portland sy...

  • Letter: Chase for Falmouth council

    I am writing to urge voters to support Fred Chase for the Falmouth Town Council. Fred was a councilor in the 1970s, when I served Falmouth as town manager. He was an outstanding councilor with a common-sense approach to the issues of that time. I am certain that same approach would apply toda...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about marriage, religion

    "Gay marriage not a religious issue"? Marriage (as defined) has been a religious ceremony for centuries and it is quite appropriate that religious leaders speak up in its defense. Edgar Allen Beem's suggestion that "we would all be better off" if the churches would just see ... 1

  • Letter: The point of Tea Parties

    Tom Foley sounds like a patriotic American, but his letter misses the true meaning behind the Tea Parties. The Tea Parties were intended to make a statement about the egregious government power-grab, and the unprecedented growth in the federal budget deficit. It is not as much about the tax inc...

  • Letter: Thanks for the Falmouth Dialogue

    I want to express my sincerest appreciation to all of the 300-plus students, parents, staff and community members who participated in our Community Dialogue IV. The afternoon was, I believe, a huge success and feedback from participants has been very positive. It never ceases to amaze me what...

  • Letter: Brunswick's shame

    I know neither Mike Ouellet nor Councilor Karen Klatt, but what is evident to me is that in the search for political one-upsmanship, Klatt has foregone her duty to do what is right for the people and has made a mockery of an organization charged with leading the town of Brunswick. Whether you ...

  • Forecaster Forum: When you're in a hole, there's no easy way out

    The recently approved budget for the town of Falmouth ($10 million) and its schools ($25 million) will amount to approximately $35 million for the coming year. That means there will be no increase in this coming year's tax rate ($12.35 per $1,000 of valuation) if Falmouth residents vote to vali...

  • Letter: Firefighter's accusers must testify

    A comment by a spokesman for Cumberland Police Department in the April 23 story "Cumberland-Portland firefighter's trial expected in May" is particularly worrisome: "... Police are hopeful, though not confident, that the alleged victims will not be asked to testify." The ri...