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Friday, October 30, 2020
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  • We are in the midst of more than usual confusion and obfuscations of our political battlegrounds. There are claims and counter-claims, and a blitzkrieg of attack ads. Some might say we have arrived at a dangerous point where good ...
  • Are times so tough that The Free Press cannot afford an editor and are your writers now just self publishing? Ethan Alton’s article on Rank choice voting is so full of grammatical errors and is written in with such obfuscation it’s almost ...
  • In last week’s paper, The Free Press printed something by Andy O’Brien. Like the piece by Becca Shaw Glaser a week before, it was a personal attack on me. When a writer for a newspaper launches a personal attack, it’s a missed ... 
  • As you know, Lindsey Brook begins just south of the Tennyson Quarry, runs through downtown Rockland and feeds into the Rockland Harbor. One can only imagine the bureaucratic quagmire associated with trying to improve this ...
  • We are urging seniors to support independent Bill Pluecker in this election cycle for Maine House District 95, because of his support for future generations. As 70-somethings, it’s in our best self-interest to promote a vibrant ...
  • This year has been shocking like no other. COVID-19 upends our lives. Businesses struggle. Schools navigate uncharted territory. Political campaigns bombard us with meanness and lies, turning us against each other. But today ...
  • The concluding paragraph of the epilogue in my recently published history of our community, “Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal,” reads, “I believe Rockland’s future will remain bright provided its leaders promote and model ...
  • I am writing this letter in support of Gordon Page for the Maine State Senate in District 12. Gordon is unquestionably qualified for the job. After spending decades in the private sector (something all of our elected officials ...
  • I’ve known Senator Dave Miramant since way back when he was a selectman in Camden, and he has always been very accessible, stopping by my business, Village Variety, to chat about issues coming up in Augusta that could ...
  • The 2018 midterm elections resulted in the Democratic gain of 40 seats in the House of Representatives. That “blue wave” happened in large part because so many Republican voters were determined to keep the health insurance ...
  • For most towns and cities in Maine, the school budget is the largest expense a community faces year after year. And the big ticket item in the school budget, just after personnel, is usually energy to run the district facilities....
  • I’ve sat at my computer now for 25 minutes trying to come up with some hook or a witty way to engage readers in this letter, but I’ve got bupkes. And I’ve realized that I don’t need a hook or something novel to say about Holly Stover....
  • If you haven’t voted yet, please consider Chloe Maxmin for the Maine Senate, District 13. During her term as representative for District 88, Maxmin got bills passed based on the needs of her constituents. One piece of her legislation ...
  • I am writing in support of Gordon Page as candidate to represent District 12 in the Maine Senate. I have known Gordon for five years while interacting with him at many different levels and within many different organizations in our ...
  • Bob Woodward has written an expose of Donald Trump called “Rage.” Put another notch on his belt. He’s been debunking the rich and powerful ever since Watergate and for the most part he’s been on point. The only question is why ...
  • My neighbor Bill Pluecker is a strong oar pulling for us in Augusta. As an independent, he is not beholden to other political influences. We need more independent legislators to help heal our broken political system. Bill and his wife ... 
  • I’m supporting Chip Curry for the Waldo County State Senate seat. Chip has all the qualities that make for a great public servant, and if he goes to Augusta to represent us, we’ll be in good hands. Over the past two years we’ve ...
  • As we gardeners plant and plan now for spring beauty, I urge us to remember the birds and pollinators who are having a very difficult time right now. Many plants with wonderful blooms have a positive environmental impact as well ...
  • While the national insanity rises to a feverish pitch, we have a single woman representing Belfast, Waldo and Northport in Augusta who has been serving us steadily with distinction: State Representative Jan Dodge of Belfast....
  • I’m proud to endorse Michael Mullins as state representative for Maine House District 93. Mike is open minded and will carefully consider each issue, ensuring that he is making the best choices for his constituents and the entire ... 
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