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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Of all the things that Mainers have to be proud of — be it our lobster, our pine trees, our vast expanses of woodlands, or our inscrutable miles of rocky coast — there is one thing that we should all be celebrating about our state that ...
  • It shouldn’t be a surprise: Father’s Day comes every year at this time so you may as well get used to it. There should be no panic except that there always is with everyone running around wondering what to do for Father’s Day....
  • Sharing a garden always means compromise. My partner and I come close to fisticuffs right there in between the rows, each of us certain our method of (choose one) weeding, hoeing, seeding or building a raised bed is the only correct ...
  • We have been pleased to see Rockland — both the city government and the community at large — increasingly take the needs of pedestrians, as well as bicyclists, skateboarders and wheelchair users, into account. But it’s worth discussing ...
  • Everybody hates robocalls — 48 billion last year, nearly half of all calls and getting worse — and Do Not Call is laughably ineffective. Why then is making this a political issue so delayed? Is the telemarketing industry so powerful that they ...
  • I used to jog some mornings around the great square in the center of Beijing — the length of each side is about the length of the breakwater in Rockland — past the Forbidden City and Mao’s huge portrait, past the Great Hall of the People ...
  • May 25: Tanja, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Vila do Conde, Brazil, and delivered clay slurry, a paper coating. It departed May 26, stopping in Portland before returning to Vila do Conde....
  • Well, according to the Bangor Daily News, Anthony Weiner’s sentence is over. Weiner, should anybody want to bother to remember, was the politician who no doubt embarrassed his mother by misbehaving in public. Crude texts with ...
  • Q: I just visited my family out-of-state and returned home again feeling not good enough, embarrassed by how I’m raising my kids. Although only my youngest was with me on this visit, my parents made more than enough comments ...
  • Checking in at a dusty hotel, 2 a.m. and 6,000 miles from home, knowing no one in the country and my phone not working, surrounded by men in caftans drinking tea and smoking hookahs and speaking not a word of English, I had a few minutes ...
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