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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.

  • Abby's Road: That sucking sound you hear? That's me at my best

    We see each other so rarely, you and I. If you’re reading this, you’re probably in a waiting room. Or maybe you’re eating a meal alone, or killing time while your child’s extracurricular activity ends. Informal polling indicates that most of you are intermittent rea...

  • Letter: 'Religious rights' legislation is wrong for Maine

    The recent defeat of the “religious rights” bill in Augusta was appropriate, since it is in accord with the Equal Rights Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which protects people from arbitrary discrimination. That the vote was strictly along party lines was no surprise...

  • Letter: Delogu's pursuit of LePage reveals columnist's bias

    Orlando Delogu in his "Policy Wonk" column took Gov. Paul LePage to task for his “refusal to allow Maine to participate in the Affordable Care Act." The Wonk further states that LePage has cut 70,000 low-income Mainers off from the benefits of health insurance. I tend not to read opinion co...

  • Letter: North Yarmouth Academy band delivers

    We were on our way to the movies last night when we heard that a friend’s son would be performing with a group of other students at North Yarmouth Academy. We ditched the movie and went instead to the concert. They should have charged admission. That was the best e...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Knowingly being present' rules are unfair

    The most obvious and important thing to know about the 26-page “Evaluation of the Matter Involving the Suspensions and Revoking of Suspensions of Students by the Westbrook School Department Administration” is that no students were interviewed during the independent investigation of ho...

  • Policy Wonk: Revenue sharing in Maine needs a permanent fix

    Preserving what remains of Maine revenue sharing by taking $40 million from two different reserve funds and earmarking unanticipated revenue receipts is at best a one-year fix. Like spending a bonus or taking money from a savings account, once you’ve used it, it’s gone. Even if...

  • The View From Away: There's famous, and then there's ...

    An old friend emailed me recently to say she had found the following on an Internet search engine: “Mike Langworthy is a famous person.” That was the entire entry. She thought it would be a great title for a performance piece. Apparently she thinks I’m with the Joffrey Ba...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Portland schools strive for education equity

    I know something’s important when it keeps me awake at night. Here’s the challenge that I wrestle with in the wee hours: How can we create a school system that helps all children succeed to their full potential? Every child deserves an excellent education. That includes student...