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Friday, February 24, 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.

  • Visiting Washington in the first weeks of Donald Trump’s reign, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was not going to be denied what he considered his proper place in the line of foreign leaders paying their obeisance to our erratic . . .
  • Washington, it has long been said, “is a container that leaks from the top.” Republicans tried to shift attention from the serious accusations about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to who leaked them, as if the leaks . . .
  • I remember an acquaintance in eighth grade who feigned illness many times to avoid school attendance. He was being chronically bullied, despite several of us trying to protect him. Apparently he would convince his mother he had . . .
  • On a cold, slushy March day in Providence, Rhode Island, I was walking on College Hill when a blaze of yellow loomed ahead of me, standing out against the background of grey granite buildings. I immediately thought “forsythia” . . .
  • With a frozen Mai Tai in hand while sitting in the warm sun and cool breeze of the Hawaiian Islands on a tropical winter vacation, I find myself in an ideal position to look around and list what’s wrong with Hawaii. Why not? . . .
  • As we get through our little bit of hard-core winter, my favorite thing in life may be something I haven’t got. This thing that makes me smile is an absence, a negative, a trouble that isn’t mine: I do not have to commute. . . .
  • th, the coast of Maine was a little blah this year. The landscape looked like the grey, brown and black scenes of my youth in Rhode Island, where winter . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Dumplings
    Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, fell on January 28th this year and will be celebrated all throughout the next 15 days. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday celebrated among the Chinese and Asian . . .
  • “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 . . .
  • Faces of Our Homeless: Cindy & Rob
    “They call it a double-wide but walk around and there is nothing double-wide about it. It’s a beautiful house,” Rob says, as he and Cindy lead a visitor through the mud, past the yellow construction tape, and up the temporary . . .
  • 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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