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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: Mainers need protection from everyday chemical

    What do a Republican legislator from Hollis and a mom from Portland have in common? They both have high levels of chemicals called phthalates in their bodies. Also known as "the everywhere chemical," phthalates are found all around our homes, in vinyl shower curtains and kids rain coats as a chem...

  • The Universal Notebook: Take back the beaches

    Until the Maine Supreme Court’s 1989 ruling in Bell v. Town of Wells, better known as the Moody Beach suit, most people in Maine believed and behaved as though the intertidal zone was in the public domain. Unfortunately, one of the negative effects of having once been part of Massach...

  • Forecaster Forum: Community involvement key to success in Portland schools

    I recently gave the State of the Schools address to the Portland City Council. It is a yearly opportunity to inform the community of how we are doing as a school district and where we are headed. Overall, the Portland Public Schools are in good shape, and we have plans to make them better....

  • Letter: The problem is there may not be a problem

    Several weeks ago, a high school senior from Long Island died two days after wisdom tooth surgery. As a parent I ache for his family. As a physician, I wonder about the circumstances. I have no direct knowledge about the student’s condition prior to his surgery, the surgery itself, o...

  • The Universal Notebook: Becoming aware of MSA

    March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month. Never heard of multiple system atrophy? Neither had I until my old buddy Earl Cutter was diagnosed with it. MSA is a rare degenerative neurological disease. Only about 15,000 people in the United States have it. The disease takes many forms...

  • Forecaster Forum: Anti-oil agenda ignores the facts in South Portland

    For more than a century the working waterfront has been both a vibrant part of South Portland's local economy and served as Maine's most important connection to global energy markets. Today, a billion gallons a year of refined petroleum products flow safely through the community's waterfro...

  • The View From Away: Hooked by the 'Rock Island' line

    When we first moved to Maine, I developed a comedy/variety radio show to be a companion to or replacement for "A Prairie Home Companion." The pilot came out well, and it has proven to be a tough sell. It introduced me to the Portland creative community, though, which it turns out is remarkably de...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: It’s time to invest in Portland students’ success

    During my year and a half of living in Portland, I’ve learned that residents highly value education. Nearly 46 percent of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 29 percent of all Americans. So it is fitting that the Portland Public Schools has set the ambitiou...