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    June 4, 2020

    Five COVID Comments

    On some future golden morning, we will all look back on this plague with thankfulness for its end, and with clarity on its history and effects upon us that can only come with the advantage of perfect retrospect. Until then, we can only analyze our situation as current actors in this drama. That is a challenging task. As my father used to say, “It’s tough to tell the time when you’re the hands on the clock.” As …

  • Published
    May 28, 2020

    Not even the punctuation

    It was almost 40 years ago when I learned a couple of exceedingly difficult and expensive lessons about our legal system. I had always been taught that people were required to tell the truth in court and legal proceedings. I expected that. Then I learned that lawyers, at least some of them, define the truth as: “Whatever I can get the judge to believe.” Sadly, lots of lawyers also become politicians and while …

  • Published
    May 21, 2020

    Ghost towns

    When I have a letter to mail, I like to use the drive up mailbox at the post office in downtown Camden. In driving down to mail a letter this evening, I observed just how empty downtown Camden is of people and cars. Empty parking spots are everywhere and the sidewalks had no folks looking into shops or hunting for a restaurant. The visible Camden economy appears nonexistent. I can only imagine other touristy …

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    May 14, 2020

    China’s responsibility for COVID-19 by accident or by design

    The year 2020 has been devastating to many countries across the world, particularly our own. There is a critical question that must have an accurate answer soon and it depends on the honesty and truthfulness of the Chinese Communist Party. It is indisputable that the coronavirus began In Wuhan, China. It began in December and was originally described as a mysterious type of pneumonia that allegedly originated in …

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    May 4, 2020

    The superficial versus substance

    The ironic phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished” has developed new meaning of late as the assault of smear ads on Sen. Susan Collins by the campaign of Sara Gideon, and the various dark money groups funding her, has prompted even some normally unflappable locals to comment to me that they are sick of the blitz of ads. I looked up Gideon’s ads online and they are pretty appalling stuff. Slick, dishonest and …

  • Published
    April 30, 2020

    Reopen to a new normal

    Gov. Janet Mills has asked for input from the public on what course Maine should take in the current virus condition. Here is mine. Mainers, in their classic, stoic manner, have been troopers in their respect for the government-mandated requirements to stay at home, maintain “social distancing” and observe the shutdown of so-called non-essential services. According to the CDC, their admirable behavior has …

  • Published
    April 23, 2020

    New realities

    In these past few weeks, we’ve seen things change, quickly and dramatically. We’ve heard the prophets of doom tell us to “prepare,” almost always by buying whatever book, video, or trinket they’re selling. Change is constant and those who accept that know being prepared means being able to see a new reality and adapt behavior and thinking to it. Preparedness means being ready to see that the old ways of reacting …

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    April 16, 2020

    The hope of a star

    Here in Camden, Maine, where the mountains meet the sea, every year from Thanksgiving through the Christmas season a large star is erected on the top Mt. Battie and illuminated through the night until morning. A star in the sky has been a symbol of the Christmas season throughout the Christian world for centuries. That Christmas star has now, once again, been placed on the top of Mt. Battie in April as a symbol …

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    April 9, 2020

    How do you handle a crisis?

    All of us have been experiencing frustrations and fears about a wide assortment of circumstances over the past several weeks. Many concerns are beyond our individual control. So, what are we to do? With this in mind I want to share a situation that I always considered to be private. Some years ago, at the request of the former rector of my church, I agreed to discuss my personal experience at one of our services. …

  • Published
    April 2, 2020

    A clear case for international reparations: the Wuhan virus

    Preface My thanks to publisher/owner Reade Brower for his column in the March 26 issue, outlining the steps he has taken to assist the entire community in many ways via his publications. Additionally, his assurances that the “Main stream media is here to sort out what is happening and to vet the information to present to you, with as little bias as humanely possible,” are welcomed. We “columnists” are categorized …

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