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    January 8, 2010

    Black cat

    Get (thinking about) gardening Now that the sun is heading back this way (supposedly, though we haven't seen it through a week of snow showers), thoughts turn toward gardening. What better time to think green than in the depths of winter white. Somewhere beneath the veil of gray and white lie slumbering bulbs and seeds. Soon enough, some trees, such as poplar and birch, will even consider budding. Over at the ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Editorial cartoon

    This editorial cartoon appeared in the Jan. 6 Herald Gazette.

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    January 8, 2010

    Going to Mark McClellan’s memorial service

    The local ice-boating community -- about six of us -- had been second-guessing ourselves: We had measured the ice thickness on Chickawaukie on Saturday, Dec. 19, finding a consistent 3.5 inches or more, and we marked the lake's only hazards with three orange traffic cones, carefully frozen in place. These were the  open holes in the southeast corner of the lake. Then we excitedly sailed the hard black ice that ...

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    January 8, 2010

    A balanced approach will balance the budget

    With just about every state in the nation facing record-breaking budget shortfalls, no one really knows what the "new normal" will be in state fiscal policy. With tax revenues substantially down and unemployment up, fiscal coffers are not going to fill up anytime soon. The economic heyday of the last few decades is over. Treading water or putting our heads in the sand until the good times return is a disservice ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Courthouse security needs a boost

    In the last few weeks of 2009, residents entering the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland were greeted by two security officers and asked to step through a metal detector. Those who had metal zippers on their coats or items in their pockets that set off the detectors were then screened with a hand-held metal-detecting wand. While those who had not spent much time at court might have assumed this was just ...

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    January 8, 2010

    The ice is never safe

    The ice is never safe. There is always thin ice somewhere. I have spent most of my adult life on the ice every winter, every day I could get on it. I sail ice boats. I ski on the ice. I fly wings on the ice. I am also a former Navy diver with some experience in cold water and I have rescued a few folks, too. I have fallen through the ice more times than I can remember and rescued myself. Ice sheets are rarely ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Cries of liberty

    One of the joys of reading Shakespeare is that he always has something to tell us about the human condition. Strangely enough for a man who lived in an age of the divine right of kings he was politically astute, even on systems of which he could have had no experience except from books. Apparently they served him well enough to give us a surprisingly revealing picture of the human motivation behind all politics. ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Thanks from Freedom Riders On Nov. 21, Freedom Riders held its second successful Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser sponsored by Applebee's Restaurant. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Applebee's for the generous hospitality, and also to the community for its faithful support of our organization. This year Freedom Riders celebrated its 25th year of providing equine assisted therapies and activities to ...

  • Published
    January 7, 2010

    21st century breakdown

    The office of Maine’s secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820. In the intervening years, the secretariat has been occupied by slugs and sycophants, by the politically ambitious and the politically adept, by up-and-comers and past-their-primers. But until now, they’ve all had one thing in common. They understood that as long as they successfully completed a few relatively ...

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    January 7, 2010

    Looking Astern

    One year ago, 2009 From the headlines: Knox County strip-search case heads to trial. Jury selection began in U.S. District Court in Portland in Laurie Tardiff's case against Knox County and an unidentified female correctional officer. The case was filed Jan. 31, 2007. LifeFlight of Maine and the Maine Snowmobile Association formed a partnership to establish landing zones along the main trail system and ...


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