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    November 5, 2020

    Valli thanks supporters, community

    To the Community of Rockland and Owls Head: How do I ever thank a community for placing their trust in me? For all the people who voted for me, I thank you. For all the people that vouched for me, told their neighbors and friends about me, I thank you. For all those who publicly amplified my message, my stances and contrasted them with my opponent, I thank you. I have long loved this community and have felt …

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    November 4, 2020

    Page congratulates Miramant, thanks supporters

    To the Editor: I write this letter to congratulate Senator David Miramant on his reelection on Tuesday. It has been my sincere honor to run for the office of Maine State Senate District 12. The support I received from voters throughout Knox County is humbling, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much about our wonderful Midcoast communities in Knox County. I want to thank my wife …

  • Published
    October 30, 2020

    Helping women overcome barriers to retirement security

    As a senator representing the oldest state in the nation by median age, one of my highest priorities is to improve retirement security for older Americans today and for generations to come. Prior to the pandemic, the nonpartisan Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimated that Americans face a cumulative $7 trillion gap between what they are projected to have saved for retirement and what they are …

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    October 2, 2020

    Running my race — solo

    I was a sprinter in high school and college, even setting some records back when track distances were administrated in yards. I remember one of my coaches, Jana Bremer (who also taught social studies and had served in the Peace Corps), advising me before a particularly challenging meet to simply “run my own race.” I believe she said it to calm my competitive jitters, but the truth of it was, I always ran faster …

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    October 1, 2020

    Expanding primary care means healthier communities

    Years ago a Dartmouth College researcher named Jack Wennberg, using claims records from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine, discovered a difference in the rate of hysterectomies performed in Lewiston and Wiscasset in the 1970s. In Lewiston, nearly 70 percent of women under age 70 received hysterectomies. In nearby Wiscasset, the rate was a fraction of that. Wennberg had discovered variability in the rate of hysterect…

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    August 28, 2020

    Mourning a teen’s death; calling for gun safety measures

    On Aug. 17, a 16-old-year boy accidentally shot and killed himself with a handgun at his home in New Sharon. The boy had been video-chatting with a friend, and it was later confirmed by Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. that the gun was owned by a family member. A week after this tragic event, Rep. Vicki Doudera, D-Camden, who has advocated strongly to protect children from accidental gun injuries, …

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    August 12, 2020

    Ask what your school can do for you – and what you can do for your school

    Today, there are few challenges greater than finding ways to safely offer children the clear educational, psychosocial, developmental and economic benefits of school. We also need schools to reopen so that parents can go to work and make a living. Educators and child health experts agree broadly that it is hard to match virtually the value of in-person learning. But the goal of bringing students back to school …

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    August 6, 2020

    Why don't they prosecute?

    Thursday July 30, 2020: Knox County Closed Cases Arthur M. Andrews, 34, Camden, domestic violence assault, dismissed. Joey Hopkins, 43, domestic violence terrorizing on June 24 in Warren, dismissed. When people ask me what they can do to stop domestic violence, I always tell them: Read the “Cops and Courts” section of your local newspaper. See how much of the crime in your community is domestic violence. And then …

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    June 6, 2020

    Fixing the Paycheck Protection Plan for small businesses

    It’s starting to feel like summertime in Maine, which means that beaches should be bustling, shops should be packed, and traffic on Route 1 should be bumper-to-bumper within 10 miles of Red’s Eats. The last weekends in May typically kick off Maine’s peak season, but this year, our usual seasonal visitors didn’t come — instead, they stayed home, like most of us who are doing our part to protect ourselves, our …

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    May 23, 2020

    A message to customers returning to restaurants

    As you know, the governor has approved most Maine restaurants to open, but, speaking as a restaurant employee, we won’t be opening as “business as usual.” There are a lot of significant changes the owners and employees must adhere to, but there are also a lot of changes customers must abide by and understand, too. Granted, when it comes to cleanliness and being sanitary, I can’t imagine there are restaurants …

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