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Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • 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 ...
  • Though this column is mostly about trauma and resilience, let’s begin by observing that special education costs in Regional School Unit 13 rose around $1.4 million this fiscal year. Regarding this increase, Superintendent John ...
  • BECCA: Nate, wow! I’m sitting here on the bleachers at the Rec Center. We just heard the results read out for the City Council race, and you won! So … what are your next steps? How do you feel? Are you a full-blown politician ...
  • We plan to write about other forms of domestic violence in the future, but for now we want to focus on the need for men to intervene, with other men, in everyday sexism and intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is not confined ...
  • We talk often in the community about a lack of safe, affordable, and healthy housing in the midcoast. We talk often about gentrification — a process in which richer people descend upon a place and, intentionally or not, end up ...
  • Nate: Becca, did you hear Greta Thunberg’s speech on climate change and abdication of leadership to the United Nations? What an excellent speaker she is! Young people like her give me hope for the world. Becca: I heard snippets too ...
  • Oh, my God, it’s hard to date here! When I left Maine I had the idea that hopefully out there in the Big Bad Beautiful World I would find someone lovely and compatible and be able to entice them to move with me to weird, gorgeous Maine....
  • Notes from Lime City: Public Space in Downtown Rockland
    On a recent Sunday afternoon, Nate was sitting with a friend outside of Rock City Cafe discussing local affairs. He enumerated some of the wonderful things in his field of vision: a bicycle rack holding a pair of bicycles; LED streetlights ...
  • Notes from Lime City: The Politics of the Lobster Festival’s “Non-Political” Parade
    In 2018, for the first time in its 70-year history, the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland banned “politics” from its Big Parade. Rumors spread that this was partly done because festival organizers wanted to find a way to prevent Midcoast ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
    We’re interested in what young people think about Rockland, the midcoast, and Maine in general, and whether they want to stay or leave. Nate grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and doesn’t remember many of his peers aspiring ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Rockland’s Private, Gated Harbor?
    What happens when private for-profit companies have far more money and flexibility than the communities they operate in? Yachting Solutions, a company based in Rockport, whose Shopify page proudly proclaims ...
  • A three-person (plus one house manager) sober re-entry home named Unity House has been proposed to occupy a house on Talbot Avenue in Rockland. From what we understand, neighbors discovered this from a real estate ...
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