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    May 30, 2013

    Point-Counterpoint: Courier Publications accused of discrimination

    Point: Nan Heald, executive director for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. writes: Dear Mr. Brower: Yesterday, I received your lengthy letter objecting to our involvement in a fair housing complaint filed against Courier Publications. Today, I read the article you wrote and published on the same subject. Here’s my perspective, which I hope you will also share with your readers. Housing advertisements that say “no …

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    April 26, 2013

    The price of life in Warren, Maine

    How much is a human life worth in Warren, Maine? According to four of the five selectmen in Warren, not much. At the most recent board of selectmen meetings in Warren, selectmen voted 4-1 to reject an offer from the state of Maine to install a flashing red/yellow light at the dangerous intersection of Route 90 and the Western Road. This intersection has been the scene of various accidents. People have been …

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    April 25, 2013

    Forever changed

    On Sept. 11, 2001, I was forever changed. On April 15, 2013, I was once again forever changed. We dropped Jessie, our middle child off at Pratt in Brooklyn, N.Y. in late August 2001. It was a difficult day for me that ended in a tearful goodbye. Even though I knew this day would come and I was happy for Jessie, it wasn’t easy leaving her alone in a city so different from the small town she had lived in all her …

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    April 11, 2013

    Lance Armstrong and teaching students the meaning of integrity

    Introduction by Publisher Reade Brower: Reading about a local student being choked in school is just plain disheartening and extremely sad. While I understand ninth graders are still works in progress, I worry about a society that does not value education or educators. We say we do, but we do not. If we did, we would put our money where our mouth is! Recently, I spent a morning with local fourth graders and was …

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    March 22, 2013

    Three reasons to see a registered dietician

    March is National Nutrition Month and 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of this nutrition and education campaign to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical-activity habits. Pen Bay Medical Center has dedicated registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, with the expertise and commitment to help people enjoy healthy lives. In recogniti…

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    March 1, 2013

    Journalists should focus on bad guys

    Some within the media have wrapped themselves in the flag of the Freedom of Access law. They are rallying to oppose legislation proposed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and sponsored by Rep. Corey Wilson, Augusta that would make concealed weapons permit holders names and information private. Critics of this legislation are ignoring recent history in New York. Just after the Connecticut school shooting, the …

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    March 1, 2013

    Bad politics, bad process

    There’s been a lot of concern, confusion, and rhetoric about LD 576, “Resolve, To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Information on a Temporary Basis.” Let me take a few moments to explain why I think the way our leaders on both sides of the aisle handled it was flawed, and why I voted against it. The bill was time stamped 15 minutes before the close of business on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4:45 p.m., and most, but not …

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    October 25, 2012

    Slow and steady will win the race

    I offer this after the second political debate, but before the third presidential debate, which you’ve now watched and the pundits have now told you who won. The first two debates both carried their own flavor and I am in general agreement with the analysis about who won and why. Not sure what is at stake in the third and final go-around but will watch it with interest and for its entertainment value. In fact, I …

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    October 19, 2012

    Democrats, Republicans must condemn deceptive mailers

    “Is there no honor among men” is a phrase I repeated often in my 11 years of elected office. Many times I watched otherwise good people justify doing dishonest things in the name of winning. Some people claim it is just “politics,” but I believe it is this dismissive attitude that has allowed our political culture to evolve into nothing short of cable TVs cage fighting where anything goes and the bloodier the …

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    October 18, 2012

    Brain research and RSU 13

    No, we’re not doing brain research at Regional School Unit 13. But there is a connection. The connection is that brain research can tell us a lot about our students, as it does the rest of us. Most importantly, it’s starting to tell us more about why some students succeed and others don’t. And we can use this research to make real and lasting change in our schools. Change for struggling students, change in the …

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