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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.

  • Forecaster Forum: Health-care expansion in Maine shouldn't be a partisan issue

    For more than a year, the Legislature has been talking about the need to accept federal funds to expand access to health care. The facts haven’t changed: expansion would save the state $690 million over the next 10 years; provide health insurance for nearly 70,000 Mainers, including ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Portland can be the gateway to green Maine

    Mounting incidents of incivility throughout Portland's parks threaten to undermine our “life’s good here” brand. This could be mitigated if the city budget supported at least one year-round park ranger. It could also mark a new path toward sustainable economic growth root...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Freeport FreezeOut

    Freeport Community Services would like to thank the many volunteers, donors, businesses and civic organizations who helped to make our 10th annual FreezeOut event such a huge success in 2014. Despite the below-zero temperatures, our staff and volunteers were kept warm by the unbelievable outpouri...

  • The View From Away: Bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'hipster'

    It’s funny how certain patterns recur in life. Not comical, necessarily, just odd. My first piece in The Forecaster, even before The View From Away, was about attending a performance by my daughter’s special-needs dance class in Falmouth. This one touches briefly on the always ...

  • Letter: Falmouth's Breen 'just what Augusta needs'

    The enthusiasm for Cathy Breen’s candidacy for state Senate was overwhelming this past weekend at the six-town Democratic caucus in Falmouth. In addition to that support, five Democratic legislators from the new Senate District 25 – Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Long Is...

  • Letter: Student sees small-town Yarmouth at risk

    When a family (or individual) chooses to settle in a small town, they seek minimal traffic, low population density, and easy access around town. Can you imagine, in less than a month, all of this taken away? That is what happens when someone builds a mega-sized neighborhood in a small town, like ...

  • The Universal Notebook: When religious freedom is just bigotry

    Uganda and Arizona have a lot in common. They are both landlocked geopolitical entities that begin and end with vowels and that are run by homophobic bigots. In the name of protecting family values, the Ugandan parliament recently passed an anti-gay law that imposes life in prison for some...

  • Short Relief: Ukraine another example of U.S. foreign policy failure

    The games of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have ended and the war games have begun. Not games really, since soldiers in uniforms without insignia have entered Crimea, in the southeastern part of Ukraine, and not withstanding President Obama’s warning to Russian President...