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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: What are seniors to do?

    Picture this: the country is in the midst of a recession and many people have lost their jobs. You as a retiree have lost up to half of your retirement savings. The cost of most everything has risen, including heating oil, health care, food and transportation and now the town is forecasting a 1...

  • Letter: Library thanks artists, businesses

    The Falmouth Memorial Library's third annual month-long Beauty and the Books silent auction raised more than $7,800 for the community's book collection and special programs this year. Sixty-five area artists, crafters, designers and photographers with ages spanning seven decades do...

  • Letter: Sister city success

    Thank you to many people and institutions for another successful visit from our sister city in Japan: Bath Middle School, Joe Byrnes, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath Noontime Rotary, Marnee's Cookies, Bath Skate Park, Bath YMCA, Maine Aomori Sister State Advisory Committee, Gulf of Maine Research I...

  • Confessions of a misspent youth

    Watching my youngest daughter Tess play soccer on the all-too green synthetic surfaces of Citizens Bank Fields in Lancaster, Mass., a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I have no idea what it feels like to run on rubber and fall on artificial turf. I do, however, know exactly wha...

  • Falmouth needs Engine 3

    Closing the Pleasant Hill Fire Station is a decision all of Falmouth should be concerned about. The proposed closure results in a reduction in overall safety.

  • Making 'lemonade'

    On Jan. 2, Soft Trac was one of 26 businesses who suffered the loss of their main office due to a fire that destroyed the building at 500 Route 1 in Yarmouth. While we were determined that we would not let the fire distract us from our mission of giving back to our community by helping nonprofi...

  • The life and death of libraries

    There is something to be said for corporate paternalism. Growing up in the Cumberland Mills section of Westbrook with the S.D. Warren paper mill smokestacks belching filth and stench, we nonetheless benefited from the patronage of the mill. We played baseball on Warren fields, basketball in Warr...

  • Of bacon, bugs and broken wind

    If you have a sore throat, forget about cough drops. According to "Everybody's Pocket Cyclopedia," the best course of action is to cut slices of fat boneless bacon, pepper it heavily and tie it around your throat with a flannel cloth. This is only one of severa...