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Friday, July 28, 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.

  • So Winston Churchill once said. But not all democracies are equal. How bad does it have to get before we realize our particular form of democracy is broken? But it’s half a year into his presidency and pollsters are already asking . . .
  • The near-daily revelations surrounding President Trump’s Russia connections are building to a crescendo and a double dump of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which in turn will increase . . .
  • If you’ve been to the top of Mount Battie anytime in the last week, you might have noticed something resembling a monstrous hybrid between a skyscraper, an aircraft carrier and an oil platform erupting out Penobscot Bay . . .
  • He said, “We are grateful for those who make us happy.” Our little island hosted a smallish wedding last weekend. Don’t get any bright ideas; a remote island wedding can be a hell of a lot of work if the weather doesn’t cooperate . . .
  • A child of 2 buries his face whenever he hears thunder. His dad reacts, “I don’t like it that he acts so scared.” Another child of 4 is trying to tie her own shoes, reacting with fury when she fails. “What makes her so angry?” questions . . .
  • Of course all of you know that Parents’ Day this year was observed on Sunday, July 23rd. How many of you received or sent cards? Uh huh. I thought so. That’s okay. The cards are pretty lame. They have clever sentimental sayings like . . .
  • At a potluck barbecue last night one neighbor brought at least eight pint baskets of freshly picked raspberries from her backyard plot. “Showoff,” I thought, as I wolfed down her cake-ice cream-raspberries-and-whipped-cream dessert . . .
  • Summer for many of us means a gambol at the beach, a quick plunge in cold water and a sunburn to show for it all. But for a lobster, summer means ... sex. Lobster procreation is not the stuff of romantic movies. There are no . . .
  • Around church-going time on Sunday, I saw the first Jack in the Pulpit alongside a damp woods road. I lifted up the purple-and-green-striped canopy of the pulpit to see what Preacher Jack had to say, holy or otherwise. . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
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