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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: Falmouth fortunate to have Rosenblum

    I am writing in response to the story regarding Falmouth teacher Paul Rosenblum. My daughter just graduated from Falmouth High School. Her senior discovery presentation required a Falmouth teacher be present; most students choose a high school teacher. My daughter chose Paul Rosenblum – her teache...

  • Letter: Falmouth 'mock wedding' isn't news

    I am writing this letter to you to express my concern about your quest for information about the "mock wedding" at Plummer Motz School and the implicit allegations of "cover up." As a parent of two children in Falmouth (and one recently in Mr. Rosenblum's classroom), I rely on Th...

  • Letter: Farewell from Freeport school chief

    I would like to thank the citizens of Freeport for your support to education. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your superintendent of schools over the past five years. During this time the work of the schools has been productive, interesting, at times challenging, but at all ti...

  • Letter: Falmouth teacher is 'the best'

    I am a parent of a former student of Falmouth teacher Paul Rosenblum. My son was in his class in 2005. He was by far the best teacher my son has had to date. Many teachers are dedicated and do a great job, but the enthusiasm "Mr. R" brings to the classroom is special. He attends to each st...

  • Letter: Connecting Portland, Falmouth

    Thank you sincerely for Peggy Roberts' excellent piece on the Center for African Heritage's summer youth employment program at River Point in Falmouth. It conveyed not only an appreciation of workplace issues confronting young African immigrants and refugees, but also of their idealism, their e...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: What was I thinking?

    When the news spread that I was named Portland's new superintendent of schools, many people congratulated me with messages such as "Good for you" and "You're the right guy for Portland." Sadly, I also heard from a minority who asked questions such as "What are you thi...

  • Short Relief: Portland suffers leadership short-circuit on Tasers for police

    One of the first things that Portland's new police chief, James Craig, wanted to do when he arrived was to equip his force with Tasers – stun guns that use an electric charge to temporarily disrupt a person's muscle control, typically causing them to collapse.

  • The Universal Notebook: It's not easy being verdant

    Whenever I hear an announcer on public television or radio say that the MacArthur Foundation "is committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world," it occurs to me that we here in Maine couldn't inhabit a much more verdant world. Green is such a dominant color this time o...