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Tuesday, January 26, 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.

  • January 16: Noreaster, a 603-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Bucksport from Boston and delivered 90,000 barrels of No. 2 heating oil. It sailed January 17 for its home port of Saint John, N.B., home of the Irving Oil refinery....
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #8 Closing Cut
    One aspect of being self-taught and working alone is you don’t know if your ideas are new and exciting or old as dirt. This came to mind recently when a song sprang from the truck’s radio and caught me unaware. It starts with a simple ...
  • The old-time dairy farmers I once knew in Vermont always said they aimed to have half their hay still in the barn by February. By this calculation, we have just about reached the midpoint of winter, but as this has been a mild one ...
  • While we may fantasize about having a peaceful, calm household, free of sibling suffering, the only way to prevent the inevitable rivalry is to have just one child. Children will always have their power struggles, yet siblings are ...
  • The Secret Service hustled Vice President Pence out of the Senate chamber before rioters, chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” burst in. If they had tried to grab Pence, the Secret Service would have had to — by law — shoot them. That could ...
  • When I was a kid we had a common expression, a standard retort employed by us schoolyard smart-mouth types against anybody who said something we didn’t particularly appreciate. With adequate snarl to make sure the other ...
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  • Nate: Becca, I feel that as political observers, even though we nominally write about (or at least from) Rockland, we have to at least mention the extraordinary January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol that was incited by ...
  • We are all now witness to the events of last Wednesday in Washington. I am bound for Shanghai to teach students from China and Europe and Africa about Law and Society in America. What should I say to them? So disturbed ...
  • Tom Sadowski: A 2020 Time Travelogue
    There is a photo making the rounds on the internet. It’s a scene from the 1985 movie “Back to the Future” where the eccentric professor, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is giving instructions on how to control the destination of the ...
  • Patrisha McLean: Peace, Joy and Freedom
    My daughter Jackie and I were on the phone, having fun figuring out a name for the new Finding Our Voices fund that would help women get out and stay out of dangerous relationships, now that money was coming into it from sales ...
  • 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 ...
  • Morning Rounds: Vigilance Is More Important than Ever
    As we enter the eighth month of this pandemic, fears that cool weather would accompany a surge in the pandemic have proven well-placed. Cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in our coastal Maine communities and ...
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