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Monday, March 25, 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.

  • People are constantly asking me how to pick a good wine to take to a party, dinner or perhaps an arraignment so as not to look like an empty-handed schmuck when they arrive. The answer is simple but the question is wrong. It is not important ...
  • We propose that the Rockland City Council consider a living wage — of at least $15/hour — to take effect soon, perhaps in January 2020. The people of the state of Maine get it. It was wonderful when we voted for raising the state minimum ...
  • College-admissions trickery reflects the shallow transactional mentality surrounding us. It degrades universities’ prestige and the purpose of higher education. Parents too eagerly presume big payoffs in smarts, earnings and ...
  • Home & Garden: Growing in Boxes
    Two years ago I found five Earth Grow boxes at a yard sale in Florida. For those unfamiliar with this gardening system, these boxes look like large plastic window boxes but come with a plastic screen that fits inside, creating a ...
  • Q: I’ve been going through a contentious divorce. I have two daughters, ages 5 and 2-1⁄2. As a loving, involved dad, I’m very concerned about how the divorce has affected my children. My older daughter has become more defiant when ...
  • From time to time it seems appropriate to use my little soapbox to cheer for the good guys. The general pattern of impromptu favors and helping hands is that wider attention and media recognition are neither sought nor particularly desired....
  • 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
  • Patrisha McLean: Postcard from Amsterdam
    In one day, I enter the world of a woman in the Czech Republic whose break-up with Goebbels purportedly led to the Holocaust; waiters/entertainers at a theme restaurant in Chongqing whose boss tells them he will make them rich . . .
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