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    February 13, 2014

    Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

    Switching on a tragedy in Port Clyde Below is a note along with other materials I hand delivered to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office a couple of weeks after the Port Clyde wharf accident. This material was in a manila envelope intended for Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. I did not obtain a receipt from the receptionist for this information nor do I know if anyone other than the receptionist ever received or read it. My …

  • Published
    December 25, 2013

    Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

    Becoming part of fabric Is CMCA joining the community or imposing a design on a community? CMCA (the Center for Maine Contemporary Art) plans to join Rockland’s already lively downtown and a preliminary building design has been made public and is working its way through the city approval process. Let’s look at the meaning of the word “join” in the above sentence. The proposed design looks clean, it says “I am a …

  • Published
    July 11, 2013

    In the season now

    Seeing the “from away” folks wandering the aisles of local stores and noticing the out-of-state plates on cars ahead, it is clear we are in the heart of the summer tourist season in the Midcoast. The air is hotter. The traffic is busier in Camden and Rockland. The Fourth of July has passed, making it official that this is it. There are a number of events to look forward to on our summer calendar. Guitars will be …

  • Published
    July 4, 2013

    Pursuing happiness on the Fourth of July

    As this edition of The Courier-Gazette reaches your hands, your plans for the Fourth of July are likely set, if not already in motion. For us, the Fourth always means watching the children (and a few grown-ups too!) hold their hands to their ears as the fire trucks in the Thomaston parade go past, sirens blaring. Often, seeing how Americans respond to Independence Day is as enjoyable as the parade itself. Houses …

  • Published
    June 27, 2013

    Where is the accountability?

    One of the questions we frequently hear from eager readers is, “What’s happening with the methadone clinic?” Sometimes this is referring to the Rockland clinic and sometimes the stalled CRC methadone project in Warren. Finding the answer to this question is often a frustrating process. Colonial Management Group of Orlando, Fla., which plans to reopen the clinic in the building that housed the former Turning Tide …

  • Published
    June 20, 2013

    It's your wallet, so you should care

    Is it the job and duty of every adult citizen to vote in elections and on important community matters? It would appear most people do not think so. Last week, with a school budget that makes up the largest portion of our property tax bills each year up for a vote, only 139 people showed up to the polls in Rockland. That is out of nearly 5,000 registered voters. The superintendent and school board in Regional …

  • Published
    June 12, 2013

    Congratulations Class of 2013

    It is always a favorite assignment to watch the high school graduates march in local commencement exercises and to hear the inspiring words of the speakers, young and old. It is a time of renewal for the parents and other community members, who take a moment from their busy schedules to reflect on what it means to step into adulthood. For the graduates themselves, it is an exciting and bittersweet time when one …

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    June 6, 2013

    Are you a citizen or a castaway?

    We live in a world of distractions. For many it is possible to abandon mundane reality for most waking hours, constantly thumbing that phone, drowning out all ambient sound via ear buds or streaming the most recent season of “Breaking Bad” on 55-inch televisions. The modern American, in many cases, is reminiscent of the Lotus Eaters from Greek myth, or better yet the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Sailors on a …

  • Published
    May 24, 2013

    First responders, thanks for having our backs!

    Community involvement — neighbors serving one another — is a fundamental value, and few exemplify this spirit like the emergency medical service providers in our area. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, paramedics and emergency medical technicians are on-call to respond to your needs. This week, we honor them as part of National EMS Week. Former Thomaston Ambulance Director Alan Leo …

  • Published
    May 16, 2013

    Support March of Dimes walk May 19

    “Nearly a half million babies in the United States — that’s 1 out of every 9 — are born premature each year.” — Centers for Disease Control For many of us there is a son or daughter, nephew or niece, a face, a smile, a person to represent that statistic in our lives. Fortunately, the March of Dimes is working to raise funding for research and to help provide access to health care to make sure those important …

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