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    November 1, 2018

    In response to attack ad

    Political campaigns tend to get nastier the closer you get to Election Day. This has been the case since the founding of our country more than 200 years ago. And politicians desperate to obscure their records and their extremist views will latch on to anything they believe will enrage the public. Fear is a great motivator and politicians know that if they make scurrilous claims close to Election Day it can have …

  • Published
    January 26, 2012

    Coming full circle

    My first newspaper job was delivering the Bangor Daily News with my older brother Greg. We had about 100 customers, the exact number escapes me after more than 40 years. The route encompassed a significant portion of downtown Stonington. I would read the newspaper as I went from house to house. I grew to love newspapers and love writing. I wrote for my student newspaper at Deer Isle-Stonington High School …

  • Published
    January 19, 2012

    Voters to be offered contrasts

    The race between state Sen. Christopher Rector, a Thomaston Republican, and Rep. Edward Mazurek, a Rockland Democrat, will be the marquee local legislative race in 2012. Mazurek is prohibited by the state’s term limits law from serving another consecutive term in the House. He is in his fourth two-year term in the House representing Rockland and part of Owls Head. Rector is in his second consecutive term in the …

  • Published
    January 12, 2012

    Gap in the public access law

    Both the Rockland City Council and the Regional School Unit 13 Board will be making one of their biggest decisions in the next several months. Both the city and school leaders will be hiring a chief executive officer for their government organizations. But state law allows the entire process — except for the formal vote which is in reality a done deal — to be conducted behind closed doors. This is one of the …

  • Published
    December 29, 2011

    Long-term questions

    One of the most long-standing complaints from the citizenry about living in Rockland is the high taxes. There are many explanations. Rockland is the retail and service center for the region so the city has to provide a greater level of services than for most communities with a population of less than 8,000 residents. Rockland is also land poor. Much of Rockland’s land mass is in the Bog and generates few …

  • Published
    December 22, 2011

    You better be good

    Santa Claus is already programming his GPS, filling up the reindeer with unleaded fuel, and checking his list twice before heading out for Christmas Eve. Through the magic of technology, the newspaper’s investigative team was able to hack into Old Saint Nick’s computer and get a copy of all the letters sent to him. There were the millions of letters from children asking for the typical presents — Lego sets, …

  • Published
    December 15, 2011

    The new Ebenezer

    Gov. Paul “38 Percent” LePage came into office promising to run state government more like a business rather than government. He hired a brain trust that was suppose to correct the incompetencies of his predecessors. Republican legislators praised his appointment of the “skilled and experienced” finance expert H. Sawin Millett Jr. as commissioner for the department of Administration and Financial Services. The…

  • Published
    December 8, 2011

    The alternate universe of Knox County

    Saturday Night Live ran a skit many years ago called “Opposite World” in which the characters all reacted in the opposite way the rest of the world would to a certain event. Many residents of Knox County felt they were trapped in that skit last week when they attended the annual joint meeting of the county commissioners and budget committee. The meeting consisted of a formal public hearing on the proposed …

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    November 26, 2011

    They huffed and they puffed

    The Rockland City Council’s verbal tirade last week on the proposed Walmart Supercenter was reminiscent of a scene from the Jim Carey movie “Liar, Liar.” In the scene, Carey’s character is pointing out to the owner of a car-towing company that his car was scratched while being towed and the owner pleads ignorance. Carey threatens the owner but then that man asks Carey what he will do. Carey, who is unable to …

  • Published
    November 11, 2011

    Those darn unemployed people

    Gov. Paul “38 Percent” LePage has taken aim at the latest scapegoat for the economic woes that the state is experiencing. This time, the governor has declared that it is the lazy unemployed workers. Specifically what he said in an interview two weeks ago to the Bangor Daily News was that “We have got to convince those who can work that we need to get them back to work. Quite frankly, I think that might be a …

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