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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
  • In an age of overdrawn rhetoric, this title may seem absurd, but so is the proposed siting of Maine Aqua Ventus turbines off the coast of Monhegan. In 1989, I left Manhattan, the city that never sleeps, for better and for . . .
  • Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s (KLSW)70th Anniversary Environmental Education Fundraiser held on March 7 at Flatbread Company in Rockport was a great success. In addition to raising funds, the event celebrated . . .
  • Maine is one of a few states whose driver’s licenses will not be sufficient ID in order to board any airplane or enter most federal facilities. A “secure” ID includes a valid birth certificate and at least one piece of recent mail . . .
  • Suzette McAvoy, director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art , hosted Heart and Soul’s first children’s poster- making party on St. Patrick’s Day; definitely a lucky day for Heart and Soul! Thank you, Suzette. Rockland is . . .
  • Recently, on a bitterly cold day, 11 intrepid souls joined Friends of Sears Island in a late-winter walk on the island led by two Maine Master Naturalists. They looked for animal tracks in the snow and for signs of spring and just . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • Last November, the people of Maine approved ranked choice voting at the ballot box. Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and it mitigates the “lesser of two evils” problem that many of us . . .
  • Mainers really need to think about what we pay for electricity. We here in Maine pay some of the highest prices in the nation for our electricity. This is largely because we rely on regulated monopolies and their use of fossil fuels . . .
  • Since 2011, cuts in Maine’s income and sales tax have totaled almost 300 million dollars, fully half of which have benefitted the wealthiest 20% in our state. This loss has been a primary driver in the recent drops in the proportion of . . .
  • I’m beginning to feel really afraid that we may not survive this administration. Really. Cuts to the State Department while building up the military at a rate that outspends the next seven countries combined seem very scary to me . . .
  • We should not defy the will of the voters. Last November Referendum Question 2 called for a 3 percent additional state tax to be placed on taxable incomes above $200,000 to directly help fund schools, the voters passed this . . .
  • Some months ago, a man claimed our Congress and federal government had become a “swamp” needing to be drained. Of course this claim, as so many others coming from him, had no evidence backing it. He also claimed he . . .
  • “Get the Lead Out” no longer means just “Get a Move On.” It is also an important directive to maintain and preserve good health, for both human and animal, not to mention the environment in general. That’s why you won’t find . . .
  • I took the opportunity to read the explanation by the founder of the Woodstove Alliance as to what the Alliance is and what its role is in the community; that is, a non-partisan advocacy group in the midcoast area. Having had an interest . . .
  • “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven; no man can serve two masters: both God and mammon.” Matthew 6:19–21,24. Trump worships money and life’s material . . .
  • Out of curiosity I cruised past the Tannery property a few hours ago (Friday, March 17), and could hardly believe my eyes — for the offending “Free Land for Jobs” sign is gone! Mysteriously disappeared! Finally. Once and for all. . . .
  • Please raise your hand if you think that Republicans will replace President Trump within a year. What is the big question here, anyway? Can Republicans and their Koch backers steal enough while Trump’s antics . . .
  • The following was read to the Rockland City Council on March 13, 2017: My name is Connie Hayes. Though, as you know, I am a member of the City Manager Search Committee, I speak to you here as a citizen. I am not representing . . .
  • “I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear. It is a condition . . .
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