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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: Clapboard Island proponents thank Falmouth

    The Friends of Clapboard Island and its partners, the Falmouth Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, are very grateful for the recent commitment of the Falmouth Town Council to help preserve the northern half of Clapboard Island and open it to public use. The town's support is critical to th...

  • Letter: South Portland must resist Big Oil's sales pitch

    Remember when the tobacco industry got doctors to endorse cigarettes? Your doctor was your “responsible, trusted” caregiver, and if he said smoking was safe, it must be so. Today, we know better. The same scenario is playing out in South Portland, only this time it’s the ...

  • Letter: Dredging, not dam, should be Yarmouth's priority

    I am asking the Yarmouth Town Council to table discussion of the dam removal until such time as the harbor dredging is accomplished. With permits in hand, Yarmouth must be careful not to introduce any uncertainty that could motivate agencies to rescind them. The prospect of dam removal in ...

  • Letter: Support the Falmouth Veterans Memorial

    Falmouth is embarking on a mission to honor and memorialize our veterans of foreign wars. This long-overdue monument will be placed at the entrance to our VFW Hall, and will memorialize Falmouth’s fallen military heroes. For many communities, memorials to those who served and paid the ultim...

  • Letter: Support Medicaid expansion for older Mainers

    The Maine Council on Aging values the lives of older adults and works to ensure that they thrive in their communities. The council and its many member organizations support the expansion of Medicaid to cover nearly 22,000 older, uninsured Mainers who are not yet eligible for Medicare. For ...

  • Letter: Offended about Falmouth's island 'playground'

    I am disappointed that the town of Falmouth has voted to give taxpayer money to help a "grassroots organization" purchase a piece of Clapboard Island. What percentage of Falmouth residents will ever set foot on our new island property? Not the elderly or handicapped; you must be agile enough to b...

  • Letter: Don't rush to remove Yarmouth dam

    Yarmouth’s Town Council may soon vote to remove the Bridge Street dam without knowing what it will cost, who will pay for it, or what toxins may be released. A consultant estimated $400,000 for removal, but no firm price is known. A second engineering firm will present its report to the Tow...

  • The Universal Notebook: What was left of my father

    My father would have been 90 had he lived just four more days, but in the end he had nothing left. One more breath, one more heartbeat, let alone one more day, was just not possible. He expired on Feb. 6 with my brothers and me at his bedside. Dad was a good man, in many ways the very mode...