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Monday, June 21, 2021

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.

  • May 28: Tanja, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Vila do Conde, Brazil, and delivered kaolin clay slurry, a glossy paper coating. It sailed May 29 for Portland. May 30: Iver Prosperity, a 603-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in ...
  • If the recent period of extreme heat left you feeling less than enthusiastic about gardening, you’re not alone. Around here, the excitement that usually accompanies the filling of planters and windowboxes and setting transplants out ...
  • Swiss Army knife? A federal judge recently ruled that assault rifles, banned in California since 1989, are like “Swiss Army knives,” ubiquitous and useful. This triggered my memory of a neatly dressed young Swiss cradling his ...
  • Notes from Lime City: “Look, If You Don’t Support Our Cause, We’re Not Going to Support You Ever Again”
    Is it irredeemably insular to interview a former managing editor of The Free Press, one who still occasionally writes for this paper? Could we ask the communications director of the Maine AFL-CIO to speak to us about workers’ ... 
  • The hackers have been all over the news recently. After the important journalism updating us on meaningful occurrences such as “Harry and/or Meghan did or did not cause or experience a complete misunderstanding over something ...
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #28 Power
    The other day, strange sounds were emanating from throughout the house I’m rebuilding. It was a mix of pitiful mewing, dove-like cooing, and quiet hooting. At times it came from upstairs, at others from the basement. I did what ...
  • The same question with parenting comes up repeatedly: “I don’t know how to talk to my kids so they’ll listen, and how do I listen better so they’ll talk to me?” The struggle to perfect communication usually indicates parents are ...
  • Seizing this opportunity, I would like to celebrate and heap praise upon my right arm for being so good at what it does. A congratulatory handshake is in order, although I would need another right hand to properly execute that maneuver....
  • Patrisha McLean: Time to Do Something Different?
    I walk into the district court in Rockland, place keys and cellphone in the plastic bowl, step through the metal detector, and answer “No” to being exposed to COVID. Then the burly officer lifts up a white “gun” and puts it to my head....
  • Last spring, a year ago, was our first ever in Maine. We knew Maine in the summer, and in winter around New Year’s, and a bit in the fall. But never in springtime. Last January, when we normally would have stayed in Shanghai for ...
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  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Over- growth, or SIBO, is a condition in which normal bacteria colonize the small intestine — where they do not belong — causing uncomfortable, sometimes painful gastrointestinal symptoms, the most ...
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