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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Correspondence between two who made the world happier & brighter — From Carl Sagan to Chuck Berry
Implement Ranked Choice Voting—
I am writing in regards to the attempt of certain Maine legislators to subvert the will of the people by suppressing the Ranked Choice Voting law. Ranked Choice Voting was passed through a people’s referendum and went into . . .
Point Weak? Shout Loud!—
My homiletics professor in seminary was a gifted speaker. He taught a class of fledgling preachers to outline a sermon, stating the main point and then supporting the point with illustrations. . . .
We are sad, many of us, that electricity produced by solar voltaics is not going to be publicly supported in Maine by the program proposed by LD 1649. We think of solar as the power source . . .
2017 Republican U.S. House Budget—
The U.S. House has not passed a budget and might not pass one by deadline April 15 when Congress is supposed to pass the annual budget resolution that sets spending targets for 2017. . . .
Last-Minute Advice for People Who Need Health Insurance—
When the clock ticks towards midnight on January 31, there’ll be no crowds in New York’s Times Square and families and friends won’t be gathered at festive parties. . . .
As the Governor Raises Maine’s Profile, Who Should Open the Door?—
Most successful gubernatorial candidates claim that raising the profile of their home state is a priority. Congratulations, Governor, you have achieved . . .
Thoughts at the End of the Year—
It’s time to recall the old saying, “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” True, we have had terrorist attacks, but they have not . . .
A Mere Cease-Fire in the War of the Public Lands
The Governor has grudgingly agreed to allow the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program to resume operation using voter-approved bonds. It might be . . .
How Not to Have a Heart Attack—
Besides writing silly things that might make you smile, as a writer and broadcaster I am occasionally obligated to say things that might make your life a . . .
Clean Energy Businesses in Maine Urge Support of Clean Power Plan—
Several clean energy business leaders gathered in Portland on Tuesday, December 15, at ReVision Energy’s headquarters to release the following . . .
Chickens Better Protected than Residents—
Do you realize that the Domesticated Chicken Ordinance that the Council recently passed offers more protection to neighbors and to the safety of the . . .
From Planned Parenthood—
Following is a statement from Planned Parenthood issued on Saturday, Nov. 28, the day after last Friday’s attack on its center in Colorado Springs . . .
Maine Council of Churches Response to Governor’s Statements on Syrian Refugees—
At its November 20 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Maine Council of Churches voted to publicly denounce Gov. LePage’s statement about . . .
Reading the front-page articles in last week’s Free Press (November 12, 2015) I couldn’t help wishing that we’d had a ranked-choice voting system in . . .
China Undermines Democracy in Africa
Anticipating next February’s Camden Conference on “The New Africa,” it’s important to take a close look at China’s large and growing role in African . . .
‘Tis the Season to Support Your Downtown Advocacy Organization—
Many of you remember when Rockland’s downtown was in deep distress: storefronts were boarded up, visitors avoided the downtown, few investments . . .
Rockland School Democracy—
We humans take a long time to grow up. Our strategy for success is to assimilate lots of information with which, as we mature, we are able to make . . .
Help Wanted: Anyone, Anyone?—
Mock Craigslist ad, pictured, posted by Rep. Mark Takano (D-California) last week in wake of the House Republican Caucus’s struggles to dredge up a . . .
Whisker Walk Benefits Animals in Knox County and Beyond—
Saturday, September 12 marked the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County’s 18th annual Whisker Walk and Family Fun Day. Over 150 dog-lovers . . .
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