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    March 15, 2014

    Lessons learned from a daughter’s breast cancer

    The loss of one’s child is a mother’s worst nightmare. I’ve always thought that and I still do. But hearing the words that your 35-year-old daughter has advanced inflammatory breast cancer is a close second in bad dreams coming true. “Advanced?” “Inflammatory breast cancer?” These words echoed through my head and stabbed at my heart. This could not be. Not my little girl. How is this happening? Just weeks before …

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    January 29, 2014

    RSU 13 board has lost its way

    I am generally not prone to writing editorials, but based on what I’ve seen on TV, heard from others and finally what I read in the recent newspapers has moved and appalled me! This is not a SAD5/SAD50 issue period! That bus left when the RSU was formed. However, if someone wanted to tear down the RSU 13, you could not be doing a better job of it. Many of us, including some of you current board members, worked …

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    October 17, 2013

    RSU 13 on the way up?

    No sooner had I announced my candidacy for Regional School Unit 13 board than many of my friends began questioning my sanity in running. A couple just this past Saturday related, “We turned on the school board meeting the other day to watch the meeting. It was painful to watch. Are you sure you want to put yourself through that?” “Are you suggesting I should not run?” I queried back? “No, we think they really …

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    September 26, 2013

    A new take

    For the interest in and the purpose of shining a new light on an old problem, the following is respectfully submitted. Shunned as a taboo topic, political football, fodder for tabloid television, no one is exempt from either the effects of or personal damage from IT. Everyone, whether they know it or not, knows someone who has experienced it, first-hand or indirectly. Although the subject is dismissed, covered up …

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    August 29, 2013

    A new dream for broken lives and shattered communities

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day a people long denied their rights would become full citizens of our nation. Today, I have a dream—a dream for Maine and our nation. I have a dream that one day everyone, even those who fall and harm others, will be treated with dignity and respect and given a second chance to take responsibility for their actions, make restitution to those whom they …

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    August 24, 2013

    A passion for building things

    My father was a difficult man. Strict. Opinionated. But he never strayed an inch from his imagined role as father: The sharer of manual skills. Every month Popular Mechanics would arrive in the mail. We would eagerly scan it together for projects to do in our elaborate basement workshop. My role was always limited to being a helpful lackey. Once, when my father was called out of town on business, I finished the …

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    August 9, 2013

    Setting the record straight on RSU 13 budget

    Let’s clear up a few things that have gone unremarked and unreported about the June 24 Regional School Unit 13 budget meeting. 1. The proposed increase in Rockland’s taxes was cut by two-thirds from the original budget proposed by the RSU Board — from $359,340 to $122,088. 2. The citizens of St. George who attended the meeting supported with near unanimity the recommendations of the RSU board to cut more than …

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    August 8, 2013

    School budget vote is Aug. 13

    The Regional School Unit District budget meeting was held Wednesday, July 24, at Oceanside High School East. About 110 voters turned out and they decided to add back $343,162 to the Regular Instruction warrant article. A total of 110 voters out of nearly 7,000 registered voters in the six towns represents less than 2 percent of the people, and is not a good sample of how the entire district may feel. The voters …

  • Published
    June 27, 2013

    Immigration: America’s mainspring

    Immigration is at the heart of our country’s formation and development — we are literally a nation of immigrants. Today, immigrants from all over the world continue to come here in search of freedom, opportunity, and a better life for their children — the very same reasons our ancestors came. Their enduring spirit of perseverance and innovation has not only strengthened our communities, but propelled us along the …

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    June 13, 2013

    Memories of Shangri-La

    Leroy Peasley of Rockland is a U.S. Marine who served in World War II, including time at Shangri-La, Iwo Jima and Guam. After the war, he worked as a teacher. In April 2010, he met President Barack Obama when Peasley was asked to lead the people in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag during the president’s visit to Portland. I was only a few months into my 19th year when I was assigned to join the other 102 …

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