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  • The Universal Notebook: Other people's money

    In voting to turn down $1 million a day in federal funds that would have provided health insurance to 60,000 low-income Mainers, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, said something that goes to the very heart of what is wrong with the conservative mindset. “I don’t have money,&r...

  • Abby's Road: Life is too short for eating healthy

    I was going to have a healthy breakfast after my predawn workout. But when my alarm went off, I slapped my phone, rolled over, and woke up to the sound of my son screaming my name. By then, I was already more than two hours behind schedule. There was no time for boiling old-fashioned oats ...

  • Letter: All risk, no benefit, if South Portland allows tar sands

    The grassroots group, Protect South Portland, recently had the honor of hosting Genieve Long, a lifelong resident of Mayflower, Ark. Her visit marked the one-year anniversary of the tar sands spill in her town. On March 29, 2013, about 210,000 barrels of tar sands from Canada spilled, contaminati...

  • Editorial: Falmouth should reconsider 'restorative justice'

    We applaud the Falmouth Police Department and School Department for trying to find a kinder, gentler way to deal with teens who commit first-time, nonviolent crimes like underage drinking. But we don't think a process quietly adopted last fall – described as "restorative justice" by ...

  • The View From Away: USM is open for business (poets need not apply)

    Administrators at the University of Southern Maine have proposed deep budget cuts skewed heavily toward the arts and humanities, and announced their vision for rebranding USM as a “metropolitan university.” This is an emerging paradigm in which a school develops programs for an...

  • The Universal Notebook: Time marches on

    Whether it’s turning 65, losing both parents within the past eight months or just the long, miserable winter, I must admit I have been feeling my age lately. I used to look in the mirror and see a 20-year-old guy when I was 40 and a 40-year-old guy when I was 60. But now I see the gr...

  • Short Relief: Maine must consolidate college spending

    The University of Maine System is in the midst of cutting $36 million from its budget. The shortfall is the result of the state having flat-funded the system for the last three years, the system’s trustees freezing in-state tuition, declining enrollment (down 8.9 percent, from nearly 31,000...

  • Letter: Falmouth councilor disagrees with assessing transfer

    Falmouth’s Town Council recently voted to outsource the assessment function to Cumberland County, an action I believe exceeds its authority under the Town Charter. This is a serious matter, since the charter is our municipal constitution; it establishes our form of government, describes its...

  • Letter: Thanks from Yarmouth High School students

    All freshmen at Yarmouth High School work on a project to contribute something toward solving hunger. We call this the Power of One project. Our adviser group decided to help contribute to an organization that helps with multiple issues, Heifer International. Heifer allows you to donate money whe...

  • Letter: Falmouth Food Pantry manager backs Breen

    Six years ago, when the Falmouth Food Pantry urgently needed to be relocated  from a small, shared space in a local church, Cathy Breen was chairwoman of the Falmouth Town Council. Her compassionate and practical support was instrumental in the pantry obtaining our current space in the Town ...