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Sunday, September 27, 2020

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.

  • Q: I’m in a relationship fraught with conflict. I’m living 90% of the time and in love with a divorced father of two young girls, 6 and 4 years old. He has approximately 40% parenting time. Although we waited a year before exposing ...
  • September 13: New England, a 600-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Searsport from Saint John, N.B., and delivered 50,000 barrels of diesel and 30,000 barrels of No. 2 heating oil. It sailed later that day returning to Saint John.
  • With nighttime temperatures regularly dropping into the 40s, it seemed like the haystack-like mounds of late-fruiting cherry tomato plants we ended up with this season should be dealt with before they were hit with frost, so we ...
  • Some time ago, the only scrutiny of any writing I may have authored came from an English teacher with a red pen. It was limited to class assignments. I’m pretty sure I personally cost the school system a lot of red ink, which I am ...
  • from Offshore: Bodfish
    We like a few days off in September, after a busy summer putting out fires both crackling and imaginary, and like many we arrived at the conclusion that a ride around a less populated section of our great state might be the best of all ...
  • Nate: Alas, the basic income experiment we wrote about in our last column together failed to survive even a first Rockland City Council vote! So it goes. I kind of knew it was a long shot. But part of the point of introducing long shots is so that ...
  • For months, the Department of Homeland Security has known about Russia’s election interference but kept it secret, a whistleblower reveals, because the White House told them to. The department failed to provide homeland security ...
  • An American Mona Lisa: “Maga’s Daughter” by Andrew Wyeth
    In late spring of this dismal, isolating year of pandemic and racial discord Betsy James Wyeth passed peacefully. She was 98, spent nearly every summer of her life in Maine and had been married to her husband, artist ...
  • If you are a regular reader of this column, you are probably familiar by now with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is common, affecting 10 to 15 percent of the population worldwide. Up to 20 percent of Americans are living with ...
  • Notes from Away: Glory
    I felt it suddenly hard to breathe, and I had to look away from the screen, with tears in my eyes. The young man I was watching had just looked at the sky, where a seagull flew against the blue and the clouds, and I already knew he ...
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  • Patrisha McLean: Alison’s Story
    It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Steve came in, very unapproachable. In my mind I was like, “I’m sitting here smiling after what you did to me last night. Pull it together for her.” He peeled off in his truck and then whipped back ...
  • Of all the things that Mainers have to be proud of — be it our lobster, our pine trees, our vast expanses of woodlands, or our inscrutable miles of rocky coast — there is one thing that we should all be celebrating about our state that ...
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