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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.

  • No need for rhetoric

    I was aghast to read on the front page of The Forecaster: "N.Yarmouth questions costs; Cumberland fears 'civil war.'" I avidly support North Yarmouth maintaining a strong, healthy relationship with Cumberland (and all of our neighboring towns), and I expect that my town's...

  • Q: What are you doing? A: Delivering news, vapidity in 140 characters or less

    Of all the online social networking sites blasted by critics for promoting self-absorption and narcissism as virtues, Twitter has to be the most targeted. The hatred centers on Twitter's premise, which is to tell friends, or "followers," what you're doing in 140 characters...

  • Falmouth nitty-gritty

    We need to reframe Falmouth's facilities questions from "Should we spend a million dollars converting two antique elementary schools to mixed use, single use or a new Town Hall?" to this: "Should we spend scarce money on old schools or repave Falmouth Road so we won't ruin our ve...

  • Analyze this: Confronting personal prejudices

    At a certain point in every life there comes a time when one feels the need to confront his/her prejudices once and for all. For me that time is now. Having just turned 60, I have finally realized, much to my own amazement, that I am not a perfect human being. In fact, I am a deeply flawed and...

  • Serve America

    As this economic crisis deepens at the federal, state, and local level, the demand for critical services is going up while the resources to provide these services are going down. At the same time, nonprofit organizations, which are ground zero for providing services in our community, are strug...

  • Bartlett Circle's future

    Thank you for the terrific article on Bartlett Circle in your March 19 issue. We are very proud of Bartlett Circle's 33-year history of providing a low-cost, comfortable residential community for Yarmouth elders. In fact, the Southern Maine Council on Aging says we're unique in that we run enti...

  • Cosmetic injuries

    I was glad to read your article on former Ms. America Susan Jeske's upcoming appearance at USM on March 27 and her mission to warn the public about the dangers of chemicals and heavy metals in health and beauty products. It is disturbing that the cosmetic industry is mostly unregulated and the...

  • Forecaster Forum: The view from the Falmouth rabbit hole

    What a relief to read last week's "Taxes unchanged under Falmouth budgets." Kudos to our town manager and all who helped. I hope they continue the practice. Such efforts just may haul us out of the rabbit hole I feel we've fallen down. A thrifty Yankee upbringing has alway...