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    May 27, 2021

    American Legion thoughts on Memorial Day 2021

    Thirty years ago, America engaged in a new war in a volatile region. Iraq had invaded the sovereign nation of Kuwait. It was an act of aggression that could not stand. The U.S. led a coalition of 35 nations with a bold and clear mission to liberate an occupied country. Among the half million U.S. troops deployed to the Middle East was Army Specialist Cindy Beaudoin. A freshman at the University of Connecticut, …

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    May 27, 2021

    Cut the CDC some slack

    Recent news is all about the confusing messages from the CDC regarding masking, social distancing, etc. To an untrained ear, it can sound like they don’t really have a clear idea of the path forward. However, one must realize that all their decisions about Covid, or any new epidemic for that matter, are based on statistics. Statistics is a wonderful, yet often misunderstood, branch of modern mathematics. We all …

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    May 20, 2021

    Camden and Rockport voters can bring cheaper, faster and better internet to all residents

    The voters in Camden and Rockport can take the first step in creating a community-owned municipal utility for affordable, high-speed internet connectivity. Midcoast Internet will bring to our communities cheaper, faster, and better broadband services. The fiber optic network will be community owned. And the project will not raise taxes. Article 6 in Camden and Article 26 in Rockport authorize the Select Board in …

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    May 17, 2021

    Where Has All the Music Gone?

    It is with great pride that, until my retirement last year, I taught instrumental music in Camden and Rockport for 36 of my 38-year teaching career. Our music program, K-12, was held in the highest esteem in our state. It was a program which others sought to emulate. It has come to my attention, however, that the quality of the music program in our community is now in jeopardy. Camden-Rockport Middle School is …

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    April 15, 2021

    Reviewing the Back-to-Basics Budget

    Last month, I gathered once again in the Augusta Civic Center with my colleagues in the House and Senate to take up the biennial budget, among other measures. You may have already heard about this in the news, but I’d like to take some time to explain more about the budget that we passed and my thoughts on it. The budget that was proposed was based on the 2019 bipartisan, biennial budget that earned two-thirds …

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    April 1, 2021

    Increasing gun safety in Maine

    Incidents of gun violence, such as the mass shootings that killed 18 people this past week in Colorado and Georgia, horrify all Americans, no matter where we live. Here in Maine we feel a range of emotions — profound sadness for the families, anger over the loss of lives, and frustration regarding federal gun control measures — but we may be tempted to console ourselves by thinking that gun violence just isn’t a …

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    March 18, 2021

    Remembering and welcoming our Vietnam Veterans home

    The U.S. Department of Defense counts between 2,709,918 and 3,173,845 American soldiers serving in Vietnam and its surrounding waters between the years 1954 and 1975, according to the American War Library website. Camden’s Veterans Honor Roll has 297 names engraved into it reflecting the men and women who served in the Vietnam war, with more names to be added by the town of Camden. On Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m. …

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    March 4, 2021

    Theo Hedstrom, an amazing human being

    We are often told throughout our lives that life itself, through its many twists and turns, can be cruel, unforgiving, and simply unfair. In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, life proved itself to be cruel, unforgiving, and deeply unfair to the local community. Goose River member and beloved junior golfer, Theo Hedstrom, passed away at the young age of 14. He was the victim of a horrific and fast-moving fire …

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    February 25, 2021

    Our politics isn’t broken, it’s fixed

    Last year I attended a presentation on the state of our political system by Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl. My comments summarize Gehl/Porter’s work and I recommend going to their website, to see their analysis of present day politics in the U.S. Gehl and Porter both come from the business world and they examined our political system from a business perspective to try to analyze why we, the …

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    February 19, 2021

    Let us all celebrate Postmaster Culpovich this Thursday, Friday

    Our beloved Rockport Postmaster Stephen M. Culpovich will be retiring next week. Steve served in the U.S. Airforce before serving the State of Maine as a Postmaster for 22 years in Round Pond and the last eight in Rockport. He was meant to retire last year. However, when the pandemic hit, he made the decision to stay and support our community for what he knew would be a frightening time for all of us. A time when …

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