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Saturday, July 4, 2020
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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