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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Writing something coherent about the future of Donald Trump’s presidency, as it enters its fifth month, is like guessing the ending of a newly discovered Shakespeare comedy after reading the first act. . . .
  • Could anything be worse than impeachment? Yes, four years of paralyzed government. As candidate, Trump capitalized on a climate of mistrust. Very clever. But now Trump is trapped in the mistrust he has sown . . .
  • Facing Addiction: Marie
    In my late 20s I started having really severe headaches. My family doctor gave me Vicodin. First and foremost the Vicodin took the headaches away when nothing else could, but it also made me happy and gave me . . .
  • It’s only human to want what we have not: apples are abundant in New England, but I would sell my soul for a honey mango any day of the week. Potatoes are a staple crop of the Northeast, but I could eat sweet potatoes . . .
  • The marine forecast did not make it particularly clear whether our ferry would make the round trip from Rockland. Matinicus Island ferries are mercurial beasts — erratic and irregular, occasional things . . .
  • Q: When there is a lot of tension between divorced parents at our children’s events, how can we make our children comfort able and not feel in the middle? When A. The other parent is asking the kids to . . .
  • Occasionally I catch an up-close view at my computer keyboard and decide that it’s time for a cleaning. This usually happens when I wake up, head on my desk with my eyeballs just inches away from the . . .
  • I’ve grown very fond of my rain jacket during the past few weeks. It’s a typical yellow slicker, slightly too long in the arms, and when I wear it, as I have nearly every day, I become a well-protected turtle. The real turtles . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Lamb Rendang
    Throughout history human beings have figured out ways to prepare and preserve food based on the climate and their living conditions. In the 16th century, long before refrigeration, the Minangkabau people of . . .
  • “What is truth?” It’s a question that we’ve all pondered. It is a question that has been pondered since human beings evolved the requisite physical brain infrastructure to foster the intellectual capacity to ponder such things. It is a question . . .
  • We Americans are not a servile people. We did not, this last November, anoint a new master, some deus ex machina to descend into our midst to rule us, or bless us, to determine our passive fate by scribbling it on the back of a . . .
  • I doubt my canoeing companion would have so readily shared a prime fiddlehead location if it hadn’t taken three days to get there. In a swamp where the skunk cabbage was in full leaf and . . .
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