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  • Published
    April 24, 2010

    One kind, strong heart goes silent; another is broken

    The relationship between my wife Nancy and me could not exactly be called love at first sight. In 1982, I was a relatively new reporter covering Rockland city government. I had entered journalism, in part, because of the Herculean efforts of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Rockland city government was coming out of a financial hole created several years earlier that nearly led to bankruptcy. So I was ...

  • Published
    February 7, 2010

    I think I shall never see a meeting as lovely as a tree

    Even though February only has 28 days, it seems to be the longest month of the year. The amount of daylight is still too scarce. Our colors outdoors are generally limited to white and gray and all our free time is spent shoveling. But the Rockland City Council did its best this week to provide a needed distraction from the February blahs. The hot topic this winter for the City Council is the Great Tree ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Black and blue and that silly rabbit

    There are three specific issues that have not been thoroughly considered in the proposal to consolidate Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School. No, graduation requirements and course descriptions are not those issues. Transportation, finances and class sizes are also of less importance than these other matters of concern. The most crucial, unanswered questions are about what the mascot, ...

  • Published
    January 24, 2010

    The origin of our economic decline

    During the past two weeks my computer has been flooded with e-mails from various interest groups concerning the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. Since I am not -- and have never been -- a Massachusetts resident, I paid little attention. Frankly, it appeared to be a given that a seat held for more than 46 years by Sen. Ted Kennedy would go toward a progressive Democrat. In the end, the Democratic candidate ...

  • Published
    January 17, 2010

    More difficult than it looks

    Two recent meetings in Rockland summed up the challenges facing government officials who have to balance the demand for services and the calls for lower taxes. At this week's Rockland City Council meeting, Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson, Brian Harden and Eric Hebert told the city's two legislative representatives -- Sen. Chris Rector and Rep. Edward Mazurek -- that they would prefer an increase in the state's ...

  • Published
    January 10, 2010

    Health care and school consolidation

    The similarities between the fight for health care in Washington, D.C. and the attempt to consolidate schools in our local communities are striking. For decades, there has been a realization that our national health care system is broken. During that same period, however, attempts to reform the system to provide universal care have failed. The cost of health insurance has been crippling the middle class and ...

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