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    April 20, 2012

    What were they thinking?

    Thank goodness there is a local news media again! It’s good to have the VillageSoup back and better than ever. I wrote for the former paper on a regular basis for a fee, and then after a while, they were not paying contributors, so I stopped writing. I found that I missed it, so I continued to write, but kept it to myself. Over time, I would send in a guest column from time to time, just because I wanted to say …

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    April 19, 2012

    An unplanned pregnancy and my unique potential

    Another day, another dollar. We found a way to make it to week number three and now it’s time for me to say goodbye. When the Courier papers and VillageSoup presented itself, it was a moment that will probably help define me when my day of judgment arrives. Taking over this historic institution was not a desire or in any way or form part of a mapped out life plan. Rather, this was my moment to step up and …

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    April 12, 2012

    A community lights up

    It was with promise that we worked last week. We promised ourselves, and each other, that we would do the best job we could in bringing back the light to our communities. I must say we did a pretty good job, and it was personally inspiring to be part of the desire that brought you last week’s first paper. It was a team effort and bigger than all of the individual parts combined. As we settle into our weekly …

  • Published
    April 12, 2012

    Feed yourself… feed your neighbor

    With spring now firmly entrenched, last year’s “holiday season” is just a dim memory. But the “season of giving” is no longer giving and the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry is the poorer for it. The once overflowing shelves of donated food are as much bare as covered with food. Basic staples, such as canned beans, pasta sauce and canned fruit, are often in short supply. It’s eye-opening to see how fast the …

  • Published
    April 4, 2012

    An unspeakable outrage

    We bring two pieces of possibly irrelevant wisdom to this new enterprise. First, that empires tend to collapse under the weight of their own internal contradictions. Second, that nature abhorreth a vacuum. Although it is now clear that the previous occupants of this papery kingdom have abandoned their noble enterprise after much effort, from the point of view of the people in the surrounding villages it all …

  • Published
    March 9, 2012

    Five Town school budgets: Preparing students for their future, not our past

    On Wednesday, March 14, the Five Town CSD and School Administrative District 28 school boards will hold information meetings on the proposed 2012-13 budgets being prepared for the two districts. Those meetings represent an excellent opportunity for members of the public to express their point of view and to make comments about the budgets. Everyone with an interest in the education of our children should make …

  • Published
    March 9, 2012

    People attraction: Changing the paradigm

    “Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.” — Paul Newman Let’s face it: Losing never feels good, but coming in last hurts even more. If you finish last often enough it can become almost expected. When Maine finished 50th in Forbes’ rankings of the Best States for Business, for the second consecutive year, the reaction was muted compared to the year before. The last place ranking almost seemed to …

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    Forget the ‘lump of consumption’ fallacy

    A little vignette as to the value of shopping locally and the importance of customer service to begin this column: I recently had my passport photos taken at a local business on Main Street in Rockland. I have high expectations of small town Maine and so I wasn’t surprised but was still rather pleased when the store owner checked if I was having the photos taken for a British passport (that accent of mine giving …

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    One Maine: A new way of practicing politics

    If you are one of the 90 percent of Americans who recently registered disapproval of the behavior of the U.S. Congress, you are probably also concerned that the extreme divisiveness and gridlock of Washington, D.C., may soon spread to Maine. A number of Mainers who share that concern have come together to launch a new political organization, OneMaine, to encourage Maine’s traditional pragmatism, civility, and …

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    March 4, 2012

    Maine veterans

    With so many Mainers having served our country, veterans are one of my top priorities as a member of Congress and the House Armed Services Committee. Since much has happened over the last year, I wanted to give you the latest news on veterans programs and benefits, as well as help my office can offer. I’ve heard from many military families about how budget discussions may affect them. With the Congressional Super …

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