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    April 8, 2021

    What is happening in Augusta?

    The Maine Legislature met at the Augusta Civic Center yesterday for a 13 hour session, which ended successfully in the passage of part one of the State’s two year budget. Part One contains all the ongoing expenses of state government: current programs, current staff, Medicaid expenses, funds to education and to cities and towns. An estimated 90% of government funding continues year to year. By passing this budget …

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    March 31, 2021

    Why we need to pass the Pine Tree Amendment

    Growing up on my family’s farm in Nobleboro, I was raised with a deep appreciation for our natural environment and all it provides for us. Here in Maine, we rely on our environment for many things. We depend on it for recreation, from skiing, boating to hiking in the great Maine woods. Our environment is the basis for many of our biggest industries, including fishing, farming, forestry and tourism. It gives us …

  • Published
    February 25, 2021

    PBMC, WCGH open two COVID-19 vaccination clinics in eight days

    When Steven Garhartt walked into the lobby of building six in the former MBNA complex in Belfast, he stood in awe. But it wasn’t the architecture, the massive skylight or the tile floors that impressed him. Garhartt, the pharmacy operations manager at Pen Bay Medical Center, entered the building with one goal. He was looking for a location to establish a MaineHealth COVID-19 vaccine clinic. He didn’t have a lot …

  • Published
    February 10, 2021

    As we reflect Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, chosen because February contains the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, born nine years apart. Lincoln is honored, of course, for keeping the country whole during the Civil War and for freeing the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Douglass escaped slavery at 16, then became an abolitionist, widely known for his eloquence on behalf of the equality …

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    February 10, 2021

    How deep is the swamp?

    I didn’t want my fame to come this way. I would have preferred to be noticed for something else, but it is not to be. There I was, sitting on my tractor with its four-foot snow blower, stuck in the icy pond in Owls Head Village. I was working out how best to get off the tractor and back to land without swimming. What made me think this was a good idea? I thought the pond must be ready to skate on, because my wife …

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    January 20, 2021

    Muzzled by executive session? Perhaps.

    I am in an interesting position. Having not been involved in any Executive Sessions (ES) discussing the cell tower, I am not bound by any confidentiality agreement. That may change this Wednesday. At which time, City Council, the City and the Planning Board may all be muzzled. An ES is scheduled this Wednesday, Jan. 20, to meet with the Planning Board, Council and an attorney. To get up to speed, I attended a …

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    January 16, 2021

    The reasons behind our wind energy opposition

    For more than 50 years, I have understood humans need to reduce their fossil fuel consumption, and that green technology — giving us solar, hydro and wind power — are great alternative options. Through my association with the Lobster Institute in Orono, I have participated in multiple research projects and backed others with financial support. At the Cranberry Isles Fisherman’s Co-op in 2019, we invested and …

  • Published
    January 7, 2021

    Beyond idolatry to mutual service

    On Jan. 6, 2021, people of our nation watched with horror as the U.S. Capitol was overtaken during an attempted insurrection spurred on by the President of this country. We saw images of guns drawn in self-defense in the Senate chamber and of police officers overtaken by an angry mob. We know at least several person died and many more were injured. The soul of this nation has been wounded yet again, and needs …

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    January 2, 2021

    On miscarriage

    To be fair, anyone who doesn’t want to read about my real life and the stuff I’m dealing with…look elsewhere. I went back and forth about being this open. I’ve taken some hits from people I loved about continuing to talk about this. But I’m always brought back to the many, many people who have reached out saying my openness has helped them in some way, and to me, that’s more important. One of my assignments in …

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    November 19, 2020

    A call to service

    As we marked Veterans Day, I was reminded of the many veterans who served our country in war and peace, and now serve as care team members at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital. This doesn’t surprise me. The call to service — to do work that benefits other people and the community at large — is the hallmark of the life our veterans lived during their time in the military. It makes sense that …

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