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Monday, September 25, 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.

  • For whatever reason Donald Trump’s supporters voted for him — because he’s anti-establishment, because they liked his unpolitical tell-it-as-I-see-it approach, or because they simply didn’t like Hillary — one of the reasons was . . .
  • The much-heralded airing of Ken Burns’s Vietnam television series triggers memories — and fears and sorrow. Vietnam, although I never served there, indelibly formed me when I was in my late twenties. Since then, I’ve never been able . . .
  • Do adolescents prefer their smartphones to people? No sooner is class dismissed than phones light up, with students focused on their screens. Passing their peers in the hallway, there’s minimal, if any, engagement. Navigating the . . .
  • The Common Ground Country Fair starts Friday the 22nd and runs through the weekend. They call it a “celebration of rural living.” I’ll say it is! It is also a celebration of annual family reunions, and a celebration of spotting an old friend . . .
  • If your summer containers are looking a bit scraggly, don’t rush to empty them out; give them a new lease on life by subbing in plants that can survive later into the fall. Before swapping out the plants, make sure any pot you plan to renew . . .
  • My telephone rings. I answer, “Hello.” Sometimes I do not say hello because I have come to believe that saying hello triggers responses from automatic dialers known as robocallers and I would rather listen to the silence of a robot . . .
  • Good-by summer, good-by balmy afternoons, good-by damp towels drying on the porch and sheets bleached sweet and clean hanging on the laundry line. I know — the end of summer, when the northern hemisphere begins its . . .
  • Braydin is homeless. But thanks to the Knox County Homeless Coalition, he has a roof over his head, food on the table, and lots of carefree fun while his mother works diligently with the family’s caseworker to get in, and stay in, a place of their own.
  • If you’ve been to the top of Mount Battie anytime in the last week, you might have noticed something resembling a monstrous hybrid between a skyscraper, an aircraft carrier and an oil platform erupting out Penobscot Bay . . .
  • Around church-going time on Sunday, I saw the first Jack in the Pulpit alongside a damp woods road. I lifted up the purple-and-green-striped canopy of the pulpit to see what Preacher Jack had to say, holy or otherwise. . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Lamb Rendang
    Throughout history human beings have figured out ways to prepare and preserve food based on the climate and their living conditions. In the 16th century, long before refrigeration, the Minangkabau people of . . .
  • 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 . . .
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