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Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • Nate: Alas, the basic income experiment we wrote about in our last column together failed to survive even a first Rockland City Council vote! So it goes. I kind of knew it was a long shot. But part of the point of introducing long shots is so that ...
  • I wipe away tears at something as simple-seeming as a bagel shop in Brooklyn. An everything bagel — toasted, olive cream cheese, napkins, brown paper bag — is gifted to me through a square carved in plexiglass. There was no ...
  • Nate: KRT Appraisal, which the City of Rockland hired to perform a real estate revaluation in 2019, recently released its proposed valuations of Rockland’s residential properties. The average change in valuation is an increase ...
  • In Maine, we still like to think of L.L.Bean as the little homespun 24-7 store where, when we showed up at 2 a.m. on a late-night joyride to one of the only open places in the state, an old man would be nodding off at the register....
  • Nate: Becca, what are you thinking about this week? I’m thinking about masks, cars and what Rockland might look like a year from now, or 10 years from now. In terms of masks, the Rockland City Council will consider some sort of ...
  • Becca: What does a community need, and whose needs are most, and least, attended to in a given community? How much of the Rockland budget goes towards addiction resources and recovery? How much to food? Housing? ...
  • On June 1, around 400 people demonstrated in Rockland in memory of George Floyd, against police violence and racism, and for the shockingly radical idea that Black Lives Matter. The largest demonstration we’ve ever seen in ...
  • Becca: Nate, we have got to talk about emotional health. The fact that many of us have lost many of our usual coping techniques. Friendships for many are disintegrating, changing, with no in-person contact, and Zoom calls ...
  • On May 7, we were fortunate to interview staff of the Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC), including Executive Director Stephanie Primm, Chief Operating Officer Whitney Files, Director of Development Becca Gildred ...
  • Becca: Some of the things I miss: hunting for treasures at Goodwill, hugging, and most of all . . . takeout hot dogs (Sorry, Nate, I know you’re a bleeding heart vegan — which I admire). Consider the hot dog. Consider the pay and ...
  • Dear Nate, I haven’t seen you for a while — not since you helped me print the Rockland Regional Resources guide. That might have been a few weeks — or a few months — ago. I’m not sure. During the pandemic, time feels more ...
  • 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 ...
  • The cashiers told me that when the Rockland Hannaford opened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, 50 people had been waiting to get in the door. By 11 a.m., the toilet paper was sold out. That night, when hermits like me step out to do our ...
  • Nate: I think that the time has come to consider paid, metered parking for downtown Rockland. The city needs revenue (especially from tourists and visitors), and I’d like to encourage people to use alternate modes of transportation....
  • You’ve probably seen the signs: “Yes on 1, Reject Big Pharma.” The nicest thing we can say about these signs is that they are extremely misleading. On March 3, Maine voters will choose whether to reject a law passed last year by ...
  • On the bus ride home from visiting me in Rockland last winter, he wrote that he was thinking of me and how I will always be a treasure to him. He was thinking of the three papayas he had gently folded newspapers around, swaddling ...
  • Nate: Let’s start with the observation that economic inequality causes a host of social ills. The word “causes” is important here: economic inequality is not merely a consequence or correlate of other, deeper forces but in fact plays ...
  • As a little kid, Becca enjoyed being the uber-glamorous Vanna White in a Hebrew School play designed to tell Old Testament stories. At the oneg, she scurried around with the other kids among the chattering adults at Adas Yoshuron ...
  • We have been reading books recently that got us thinking about the role of humans among the other beings and features of Earth. Becca got about 20 pages into Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, with the God character’s ...
  • In May, as Rockland city councilors were deliberating over the 2020 fiscal year city budget, I wrote to ask them, “I’m curious why Rockland Main Street, Inc. (RMS) was once again given $30,000 out of our local budget. What specifically ...
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