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    July 14, 2010

    Good luck, Irene!

    July 14 marked reporter Irene Yadao’s last day working for VillageSoup. Irene has been with us since April, when reporter Kim Lincoln went on maternity leave (Kim is expected to return the first week of August). As Irene leaves us, we want to take a moment to thank her for the great work that she has done in the too-short time that she has been part of our news team. She hit the ground running, producing …

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    July 14, 2010

    A time and a place for guns

    We have been both alarmed and confused when, over the past year, we have seen Tea Partiers and others carrying guns to rallies and other gatherings. Each time we see such a scene, we wonder: Why? Why would you possibly feel compelled to take a gun to a political rally? Do you expect to be attacked, and think you will need to defend yourself? Were those questions posed to the people carrying the guns, we believe …

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    July 7, 2010

    The prescription drug epidemic

    Drug counseling experts and law enforcement officials say the state’s problem with the abuse of prescription painkillers is growing. Opiate and opioid painkillers are often prescribed by doctors for legitimate medical reasons for patients recovering from injuries or surgery or facing long-term illness. These painkillers have become problem drugs in the community, eclipsing what we think of as street drugs in …

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    June 30, 2010

    Independence Day, 234 years and rolling

    There has been a pleasant shift toward reusing the phrase “Independence Day” when talking about the Colonies’ separation from England. Apparently first coined in 1791, Independence Day evokes a stronger sense of history than the well-worn Fourth of July holiday, July 4, or simply the 4th — good for marketing all the celebratory hot dogs and red, white and blue products that accompany the holiday, but not nearly …

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    June 23, 2010

    Walkin’ blues? Railroad blues? Nope.

    Not long ago, it seemed that the portion of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake rail corridor inside the city limits would either make a comeback as a route for excursion rail service, or be converted to a recreational trail. But not both. Brooks Preservation Society’s efforts to run rail excursions over the final leg of the 33-mile Burnham to Belfast rail line — from Veterans’ Memorial Bridge to the former Front …

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    June 16, 2010

    Unsung heroes

    Who is it that spends days, if not weeks — if not months — preparing for elections and town meetings, ensuring deadlines are followed to the T and due process applies to everyone? Who is it that meticulously reviews municipal election rules, answers the multitude of voter questions, and politely and unfailingly completes voter registration? And who is it that rounds up a willing team to ensure voting booths …

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    June 9, 2010

    Smooth sailing ahead?

    The warm breezes early June are always welcome here in Midcoast Maine. The schooner fleet is preparing for a season dedicated to sharing the wonders of Penobscot Bay with travelers from around the globe, and inns and other lodgings are mowing lawns, mulching gardens and washing windows. Gardens are being planted for fresh, local produce. Shops are boosting inventory and there is a general tone of optimism …

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    June 2, 2010

    Commencement wisdom

    During May and June, college and high school commencement speakers around the country don robes and deliver speeches sprinkled with humor and insight. Here are some memorable remarks shared by Anderson Cooper at Tulane University and Rachel Maddow at Smith College that bear repeating: Anderson Cooper How many liberal arts majors are here? I feel your pain. All the engineers here are smiling. I, too, was a …

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    May 26, 2010

    Time for tax reform is now

    When voters around the state head to the polls Tuesday, June 8, first on the list of statewide ballot questions will be a People’s Veto initiative that will read as follows: “Do you want to reject the new law that lowers Maine’s income tax and replaces that revenue by changes to the sales tax?” The details of this law have been examined in articles and opinion pieces printed on the pages of this and other …

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    May 19, 2010

    More than a great idea

    After talking this week to a man who hopes to open a large business in a vacant Belfast building — someone who has a great idea and the expertise to do it, but no money — we were reminded of something a Belfast city official once said in passing: “Those who do don’t talk. Those who talk don’t do.” Over the past year, we’ve entertained the latest vision of converting the former Stinson Seafood Cannery into a …

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