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Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Our constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack in Maine. This year, our Legislature has overthrown the results of a free and fair election by blocking all four of the November 2016 citizen-approved referenda in one way . . .
  • I realize that my letter may make me few friends and I may be called heartless, or other names that cannot be mentioned here, but I do not subscribe to the “opioid crisis” or Myles Ouellette’s call to action [12/28 letter]. To start with . . .
  • Many hundreds of volunteers are now attempting to collect some 61,000 voter signatures to veto the state legislature’s “delay and repeal” action against Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which appeared as Question 5 on the ballot in . . .
  • Eric Greiner’s (12/28) response to my letter (12/21) entirely misses the point. The Bean /Wyeth proposal is not about personal property rights. It is about public safety and the responsibility of local government to protect the safety of its citizens. . . .
  • You still hear talk about the Russian government helping Donald Trump win the presidency. Some people call this “meddling.” But does it really matter who does this or that to influence voters in any country? . . .
  • Adas Yoshuron Synagogue’s Community Chanukah Party at the Rockport Opera House on December 16 was an enormous success. We welcomed over 140 adults and children to a joyous evening of energetic music, delicious food . . .
  • Sparked by a letter to the editor in this newspaper about “nationalism vs patriotism,” I knew I must have and read the book referred to in the letter. “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder arrived within days of my ordering. . . .
  • Central Lincoln County YMCA’s Giving Tree was a great success this year, thanks to participation by an array of community organizations. Applications from 75 families in need were received, totaling 390 gift requests . . .
  • China is apparently now making use of Kellyanne Conway’s excellent notion of “alternative facts.” So, even though our facts show clearly that a Chinese oil tanker offloaded 600 tons of oil onto a North Korean vessel at sea, the Chinese . . .
  • It may be difficult to appreciate the need for the Maine Legislature to address the online burn permit system in these cold and snowy months. Nevertheless, wildfires will re-occur in Maine with the start of spring. In fact . . .
  • Liberalism (the primacy of freedom for individuals and markets) has long ago replaced Christianity as the faith based influence in the public square. Shrouded in irony it rests on the denial of its own replacement of recognized religion . . .
  • On December 3, a reading of those remembered was heard at the First Church in Belfast as part of the Love Lights Tree lighting. The idea for the tree started earlier in the year and became a reality when Pastors Kate Winters and . . .
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