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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: Arguments for tar sands oil fail the straight-face test

    “We have no plans to bring tar sands oil to South Portland.” That is what the oil interests are telling us. I for one think that is an outright lie. Why do I say that? Well, the Canadian government just passed a law allowing the Montreal pipeline to be reversed and to send oil to Sout...

  • Letter: Charter, not council, governs assessing in Falmouth

    The Falmouth Town Council is presently negotiating a contract to outsource our assessing operations. I, along with many others, have voiced our concerns, directly to the council, and our comments have been well received and thoughtfully considered. However, the reason I write now is more f...

  • Letter: Falmouth assessing isn't broken, don't fix it

    The Falmouth Town Council is about to vote to send our in-house assessing operations to the County of Cumberland. In my opinion this is a huge mistake. I spent six years working with and watching the professional operations of our town Assessing Department and was amazed at the work they do. ...

  • Letter: Falmouth roads a source of displeasure

    I live in West Falmouth and have a real concern about the town's priorities. Our roads are horrible. When I drive to my office on Route 1 it’s like driving on an obstacle course, dodging ruts, potholes and massive puddles. I’m not sure why the town feels that spending money on ...

  • Abby's Road: The house we called home

    The house I grew up in is nearly empty inside. Movers are coming to haul away what remains. Paperwork will soon make official what cardboard boxes have already established: the Marshalls have left the building. My parents lived in the same house for more than 30 years. I was 4 when we firs...

  • The Universal Notebook: Dedication makes McAuley 'all-stars' shine

    In the wake of Catherine McAuley High School’s fourth straight Class A girls’ basketball state championship, veteran Portland sportswriter Steve Solloway wrote a rather snarky column in which he praised the McAuley Lions for “Playing just for joy, not a future.” The...

  • Policy Wonk: State or towns should buy Maine's beaches, before it's too late

    More than 25 years ago, I wrote a law review article urging the state and/or Maine towns with sandy beaches to “Buy the Foreshore — NOW.” Though my urging was largely ignored, it was a good idea then, and it’s a good idea now. Then and now, the cost of acquiring thi...

  • Forecaster Forum: Irish nun an inspiration for St. Patrick's Day and beyond

    As an Irish American, I always look forward to St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate the culture and resilience of my relatives and ancestors. This year will be especially meaningful as an Irish Catholic, thanks to the selection of Pope Francis, a man who has instilled gre...