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Friday, March 5, 2021
  • As recently as mid-January, the New Mainers Coastal Task Force reached out to the larger midcoast community on behalf of the 85 families of asylum seekers who arrived in southern Maine since the pandemic began. NMCTF became ...
  • In spite of pleas from homeowners and longtime residents, the Rockland City Council is determined to go ahead with its plan for, for lack of a better name, tiny houses. To accomplish this requires radical changes in the city zoning ...
  • Rockland zoning ordinance Amendment 39 proposes to amend the definition of accessory apartment to allow a detached apartment or dwelling on a lot with a single-family residence as a separate, stand-alone structure, ranging ...
  • Dear Senator McConnell: You demonstrated your power by refusing to reconvene the Senate to receive the article of impeachment when it was ready to deliver while Trump was president. You demonstrated your ethics when you ...
  • I am writing to address intertwined issues regarding the proposed zoning ordinance changes the Rockland City Council is considering. Proposed housing structures and the effects of water runoff from new structures’ impermeable ...
  • To the Rockland City Council—
    I am against your proposal of “accessory dwelling units.” When you put a hat on a skunk and call it a dog, it still stinks. This is what you are doing to tiny houses, only under a different name. It still stinks. During these times of ...
  • Imagine the awesome salary Donald Trump could command should he decide to write ads for television. Wouldn’t you like to hear his job interview? “Tell me, Donald, have you had any experience shaping minds?” “A bit. I was able ...
  • Open Letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Supervising Engineer, Maine District, Jay Clement: Dear Jay, We approach the end of the third full year of a permitting process for Nordic Aquafarms Inc. factory-confinement feed tank ...
  • On February 5, CBS News reported, “Arkansas lawmakers voted to require women seeking an abortion to call a hotline before they can undergo the procedure.” Furthermore, “Doctors who perform an abortion without verifying ...
  • Now that the Nordic Aquafarms permit applications are being appealed at the state and municipal levels, debate over the permitting process itself has started. Writing on behalf of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Steve Ryan ...
  • The Rockland City Council has again proposed an ordinance amendment to allow accessory dwellings — “attached” (apartment over an existing garage) and “detached” (tiny/small houses) in everyone’s back or side yard ...
  • Maine’s business lobby claims that Governor Mills is unfairly taxing them on their federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money because the state was not planning to give them the double tax break that the IRS will ...
  • Occasionally, a book comes along and a puzzle piece —long missing — suddenly clicks into place. “Why are American people, so many of whom share fundamental values as they pursue a similar hope of happiness, so ...
  • If you’ve heard natural gas is “clean” or “green,” that’s likely because the natural gas industry has spent millions of dollars over the past 20 years or so doing what is called “greenwashing” — marketing a product as green, based on ...
  • Every time I watch and listen to Black commentators on the news, I am astonished how these American representatives of their race, a race that has been reviled, abused and murdered for 400 years, consistently support the basis of ...
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