Latest Rockland, Maine, weather
search sponsored by
Monday, December 05, 2016

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.

  • I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind politically, but that’s all changed in recent weeks, which makes it all the more important that I do so now. Repeat after me: AMERICA HAS JUST ELECTED A FASCIST AS PRESIDENT. . . .
  • Fidel Castro died last Friday. Someone commented, “That’s a surprise. I thought he died years ago.” President Obama issued a cleverly neutral statement on Castro’s death: “History will record and judge the enormous impact . . .
  • Now that the reality of Trump’s victory has sunk in, journalists divide into roughly two classes on how to handle a Trump presidency: (1) support him while encouraging him to compromise and pursue moderate policies, which . . .
  • Let’s talk about our personal financial situation. Oh wait, we’re Americans: we can talk all day about money but we never speak of our personal finances. It is mildly forbidden. When we meet someone at a party it’s rude . . .
  • This time of year the pleasant, sunny days become a bit more valuable, and aren’t to be thoughtlessly squandered on paperwork and indoor improvements. A blue-sky, no-wind day this late in November is not when . . .
  • Q: We’re facing divorce and have heard about mediation. I’m not exactly sure what it is, what’s nvolved, but we want to do this as easily as possible for our children. Whatever information you can provide in helping us to decide . . .
  • We have enjoyed a remarkably mild fall on the coast this fall. That’s probably not surprising, given that we just had a remarkably warm and dry summer. Personally, I have no issue with keeping the house’s heat off for a while . . .
  • A white Christmas doesn’t have to mean a holiday with snow blanketing the ground. While searching through racks of antique Christmas cards and postcards over the weekend I noticed a recurring theme: holly and greens were . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Taiwanese Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Rice
    In Taiwan, every city has its own specialty food. The southern Taiwanese city of Jia Yi is most know for its turkey rice, which originated sometime after World War II when the American military, which established a base there, imported . . .
  • Patrisha McLean: Letter from Europe
    On October 30 in Trento my calligraphy teacher walks into the breakfast room frowning at her iPhone: Her husband has texted that their apartment building in Bologna is swaying. At the front desk the hotel clerks’ usually placid . . .
  • I remember riding in the car one summer morning in the early 1960s and my mother pointing over the suburban trees: “See the flag over there? That’s where you’ll start elementary school in the fall.” It seemed to this American . . .
  • 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 . . .
1