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    November 3, 2019

    Our place on this small green planet

    I attended a day long workshop on rising sea levels that was put on by the Island Institute. What I learned was that we are in uncharted territory and don’t know how this will play out. The sea has risen here 8” since 1880. It is expected to rise between one to four feet by 2100, just 80 years. Most scientists expect this will happen gradually with time to mitigate, adapt and retreat. But there is a second …

  • Published
    October 17, 2019

    Our place on the small green planet

    This is my first of a series of thoughts on life in our small community. This summer, monarch butterflies laid eggs on a mysterious crop of wild milkweed that showed up on the south side of our house, first one lone plant last summer, this summer 11 plants. Volunteer sunflowers, 12 feet high and still growing. These are the miracles of plants, our job how to make room for nature’s sprawl, how to find edges we can …

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    July 12, 2018

    Is Rockland Denmark, or Germany and France?

    I would like to address two subjects: Resolution 36, advocating that immigrant children be reunited with their parents, and the letter I wrote to Commissioner Carol Maines that was released to Steve Betts of the Courier without my permission. Over the last several weeks, like many of you, I have read and watched news accounts that more than2,300 children have been separated from their parents and sent to various …

  • Published
    May 18, 2018

    Rockland is thriving

    So, in this edition’s positive news focus, I want to talk about just a few of the many ways Rockland is thriving. I want to start with our city manager, Tom Lutrell. We are so lucky to have him. He knows Rockland well, loves it and brings a steadiness we haven’t had in a long time. We have the right person at the helm. We know he is here for the long haul; this is his community. His finance background also means …

  • Published
    March 15, 2018

    Addressing concerns about taxes

    I received a heartfelt letter this week from a retired taxpayer living on a fixed income. He was deeply concerned about rising property taxes. This is Part 1 of my response: Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I share your concerns. I think you are right that we cannot continue on in this way. The choices are stark, and I don’t see any immediate easy solutions. When I look at Rockland over the last 10 years, …

  • Published
    January 18, 2018

    Hitting the pause button on short-term rentals

    I remember when bed-and-breakfasts became a thing in the U.S. I was in my 20s and loved the idea of staying in houses with interesting architecture and unique furnishings instead of hotels and motels where everything looked the same. I loved the great homemade breakfasts you had there. I remember my mother was horrified, because sometimes you had to share a bathroom. Bed-and-breakfasts grew roots, went from new …

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