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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: Tea Parties aren't the answer

    I have not been asked to contribute to the effort of waging two wars except to pay my federal taxes. I don't feel put upon to do so. I would also willingly pay a surtax to contribute to the cost of the wars and reduce the deficit. These wars, along with the decisions that contributed to the cu...

  • Letter: Save Cumberland's Main Street

    Cumberland's Main Street is one of the few remaining residential Main Streets in the greater Portland area. Shoehorning a two bay, drive-through bank on an undersized lot in the middle of this residential zone is a significant change in character from which there is no return.

  • Universal Notebook: Close the gun show loophole

    Back on April 13, with very little media attention, LD 814, An Act Regarding the Sale of Weapons at Gun Shows, received a unanimous ought-not-to-pass vote from the Maine legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee. 3

  • Global Matters: Sayonara, Kawamura-san

    Takuma Kawamura passed away last September in his native Japan, and the ripples of this sad news are now quietly lapping our shores. For those of us who knew him, his passing leaves an empty place, a kind of hole in the heart, that is proving slow to heal. Takuma didn't cut a parti...

  • Letter: Track records

    I add my congratulations to Memorial Middle School standout Danica Gleason on a sensational season. As a parent, though, regarding the two-decade-old nature of the record, I can't resist noting that in the spring of 1991 Erika Kahill, a Mahoney Middle School seventh-grader, won three individua...

  • The Universal Notebook: Black Bears give soccer the boot

    Certainly, I understand the University of Maine (like all institutions of higher learning) is facing severe budgetary problems and that athletic budgets have to be a part of the belt tightening. What I did not understand is why the university decided to suspend men's soccer as the way to trim i... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to the new, improved

    Within hours after the owner of the Maine Mall announced last week that it had filed for bankruptcy protection, southern Maine news Web sites were all over the story. Most of them either quoted reports from national news organizations or had wire service stories online within six or eight hours... 8

  • Letter: Keep W. Harpswell School

    Michael Estes, principal of West Harpswell School, has estimated that the enrollment of West Harpswell School alone might go down to 58 in two years from the present number 71, but this is only an estimate. Indeed, in the past the school population has been that small. Many good small schools...