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Saturday, April 4, 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.

  • There was a time when Florida didn’t seem that distant from Maine. A three-hour flight or a three-day drive and you’d exchange the sleet and freezing rain or driving snow of a New England winter for blanketing heat and tropical ...
  • March 19: BBC Reef, a 529-foot general cargo ship, arrived in Searsport from Marin, Spain, and delivered 66 wind turbine tower sections for the Weaver Wind development in Hancock County. It sailed March 22 for Skagen, Denmark....
  • Howl, howl, howl, howl, howl. What is there to write of Rockland this week that cannot be written of so many other places? I am sick with grief and rage at this world we permit by action and inaction, and at the physical comfort that has dulled ...
  • Alright readers: we have this new virus trying to take up residency among us without even the courtesy of offering to chip in on rent. As accommodating and kind as most of us are, we just have to say no. We already have enough threats ...
  • The coronavirus outbreak offers several lessons, but for me the biggest is the stubborn human inability to handle change. Few persons are rational and flexible; we like familiar frames, usages and convictions. Thinking tends to ...
  • Q: I have an almost-6-year-old daughter who is a lot like me. I’ve read your articles about temperament and realize that her angry temper and inability to deal well when she doesn’t get what she wants mirrors what I do. I’m not ...
  • Patrisha McLean: Real Protection From Abuse
    She looked to be 20, gentle, and pretty. An infant with a flowery cloth headband was on her lap. And clinging to her leg was a little girl, smiling shyly, speaking of “daddy” and contorting her head to the far ...
  • from Offshore: Pollyanna Is Just My Job
    I wasn’t going to do this. I had more or less promised myself I wouldn’t offer a column about the Coronavirus, because I have nothing factual to add to the science, and because folks who are truly on the front lines of hardcore First ...
  • Much has changed in the low-FOD- MAPs world since I first wrote about it three years ago. It is no longer a completely unfamiliar term to those in the digestive world, doctors often will suggest the diet to patients, and I see many ...
  • HiLo Art: Report from the Gulf Coast — The Beat in St. Pete
    HiLo Art braved the viral airports and went to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a week. The calm small waves at the wide Gulf’s edge, the nightly crowd drawn to the setting sun, the broad-leafed greenery, the heron at the door, a cool steady ...
  • Arts in Profile: Kenny Cole
    The name of Kenny Cole’s new solo exhibition, the inaugural show at the newly formed Nichols Block Gallery in Bangor, is “Executive.” It is “another Trump show kind of thing …” he said, because he is running out of names....
  • I played baseball in high school outside Boston, and 40 years later our son played baseball in high school outside Shanghai. We were both in New York earlier this summer, both with things we had to get done, but without anything we ...
  • 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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