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Friday, May 24, 2019

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.

  • I have an interest in working with electronics. I sometimes buy small electronic circuit boards on eBay that are shipped directly from China. The Chinese are very, very polite and quite aggressive salespeople. They really want your business....
  • Earlier this week I attended a big elections training conference for town clerks and registrars in Augusta. As I approached the Civic Center entrance somebody said, “Hi, Eva.” I didn’t immediately recognize him until he said, “Andy.” ...
  • We all need to decompress from difficult situations at times — to take deep breaths, to gain our composure and regroup. These “time-outs” help us recalibrate. This is just as important for parents as it is for children. Yet frequently ...
  • May 10: Chemical Pioneer, a 662-foot chemical tanker, arrived in Searsport from Wilmington, N.C., and delivered caustic soda. It departed May 11 for New York.
  • Fiddleheads, that fleeting spring delicacy, were in evidence everywhere last week, with foragers gathering them in ditches and on the banks of brooks and markets selling them by the pound. While I like the idea of fiddleheads ...
  • Patrisha McLean: Postcard from Egypt
    Checking in at a dusty hotel, 2 a.m. and 6,000 miles from home, knowing no one in the country and my phone not working, surrounded by men in caftans drinking tea and smoking hookahs and speaking not a word of English, I had a few minutes ...
  • Two instant books became wildcards that impacted our politics. The 1971 Pentagon Papers illuminated the deceptions of the Vietnam War. The current Mueller Report illuminates the magnitude of Russian electoral interference....
  • This could be an exciting moment for Rockland! On Monday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Rockland City Hall, the city’s Energy Advisory Committee will present its proposed Climate Action Plan, along with a workshop hosted by ...
  • Patrisha McLean: Postcard from Iceland:
    My friend and I each harbored bad news when we joined up at the Portland bus station for the start of our trip to Iceland to celebrate milestone birthdays. Mine was the looming country-wide workers’ strike, which would have us arriving ...
  • As Democrats recover from the euphoric wake of the “Blue Wave” and finally seize the reins of government across the country and especially in Maine, it is vitally important that they not lose sight of the context in which their victory . . .
  • About two years ago, a flash of bright yellow amid the green trees of the former French Concession alerted me to a previously unknown species of bicycle. Not just unknown, but unowned — at least by its riders
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