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Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Practical Green Politics
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series takes up how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the environmental disasters facing them and the Earth. Here, we further examine the opportunities for Green Party candidates and ...
  • In a Ranked-Choice Election, Is the Winner Who We Want?
    Late last year, in the messy aftermath of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District election, Nathan Tefft, then the chair of economics at Bates College, refuted a claim by two-term U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that ballots in the ranked-choice votes ...
  • Deep State: Confronting the End of Everything — Why Can’t the Green Party Do Better?
    This week Deep State begins a series — Confronting the End of Everything — on how, politically, Maine people could grapple with the enormous environmental threats facing them and the Earth. Here we discuss the Green Party ...
  • Bill Keeps Searsport Magnet School Open
    An emergency bill passed in the Maine Legislature on August 26 should head off a statutory sunset clause that would have closed Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering. LD 1849, sponsored ...
  • One Day All of This Will Be Yours
    If you wanted to see two possible futures for a Maine island, you could look at Clark Island and Rackliff Island. Both lie on the east side of the St. George peninsula, between Spruce Head and Tenants Harbor, flanking a stretch of east-west ...
  • Belfast Company Closes on Former Paper Mill
    GO Lab, Inc., the Belfast-based building products manufact- uring startup, on August 20 announced it has closed on the former Madison Paper Industries mill in Madison. The company plans to make three wood fiber insulation ...
  • Maine’s Secretary of State is trying to educate business owners about two types of equally valid state ID cards that they might now encounter. Starting in July, Maine residents applying for, or renewing, driver’s licenses or ...
  • Deep State: The Maine Mountains Park
    I’ve recently been writing about the increasing environmental threats to the Maine North Woods, especially to the forests of the western Maine mountains. This column proposes a Maine Mountains Park, modeled on New York State’s Adirondack ...
  • Buying and Trying the New Medicine
    About two weeks ago, a caregiver at Scrimshaw in Rockland brought me into a back room that is reserved for medical marijuana patients. On past visits to this former church on the main drag, where cannabis plants in various stages ...
  • The Free Press Moving to Tuesday
    This is our 35th year publishing The Free Press; what a ride it has been. When my wife, Martha, and I started this journey, we weren’t even married. The newspaper started on May 17, 1985, and we were engaged to be married September 28....
  • The course catalog this fall at Unity College will reflect not just the aspirational ideals of “America’s Environmental College” — a desire to return to a primeval planet, say — but the real condition of the earth, with a new online degree ...
  • Deep State: Threats to the North Woods Multiply
    Why is a Democratic governor who professes environmental concerns supporting two policies that environmentalists fear would help destroy Maine’s magnificent North Woods? Both are policies Janet Mills inherited from the administration ...
  • Playing the Pot Card
    “What is it you want to use it for? What are you trying to treat?” This was the question I’d been kicking around in my head for three weeks, ever since The Free Press offered to reimburse me for the cost of a medical marijuana card ...
  • The downtown revitalization and economic development group Rockland Main Street is starting the search for a new executive director to replace Gordon Page Sr., who will step down in 2020. Page joined Rockland Main Street in ...
  • What’s in the Nordic Plan for Us (And What Are We in for)?
    The $500 million salmon farm that Nordic Aquafarms has proposed to build in Belfast would have wide-ranging benefits, from a reduction in property taxes for city landowners to new job opportunities for graduating college students ...
  • A Second Act for Belfast’s Amphitheater
    Local theater veteran Aynne Ames has been spreading the word about an upcoming run of the Greek tragedy Medea that she is directing at Belfast’s amphitheater. There are a lot of things a person could ask about that ...
  • Deep State: Political Anxiety 101
    The author Arlie Russell Hochschild gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the Damariscotta library about her 2016 book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” The room was packed with liberals ...
  • State entomologist: Browntail Moth Extermination Plan Unlikely to Work
    A Camden man’s plan to squelch the browntail moth population by attracting the bugs to land on an ultraviolet lightbox and sucking them up with a vacuum cleaner might not have the desired effect, a state entomologist said this week....
  • Where the Magic Happens: Cushing Artists Open Their Studios August 3 & 4
    As art places go, Cushing might be best known as the town where Andrew Wyeth had a summer home and painted his neighbors, the Olsons — their house on Hathorne Point Road, which served as the backdrop of Wyeth’s most ...
  • Read The  Entire Maine Woods National Monument Series
    To read Parts 1 through 6 of The Free Press Maine Woods National Monument series by Christine Parrish, which began on July 21, 2016, click here. Also see her Magic City in the Wilderness series, which began in 2014, about the Millinocket area by clicking here.
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