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    November 15, 2018

    Finding our way forward amid Nordic controversy

    Many of us have been at a public meeting, maybe a town meeting, when the conversation about a high-stakes issue got heated. Before you know it, tempers have flared, people are shouting over one another, and no one can understand what anyone is saying even, with everyone using top volume. It’s usually at this point that the moderator starts banging the gavel for quiet. The moderator then demands quiet, civility, …

  • Published
    October 18, 2018

    OK, Lawrence, here we go again

    Editor’s note: The Republican Journal does not fact-check opinion columns. This column reflects the writer’s opinion and personal research. As I mentioned in my last reply to one of Lawrence Reichard’s columns this summer, Nordic Aquafarms welcomes dialogue with both supporters and opponents. Such dialogue though, must be based on facts and differences in opinions, not misrepresentation of facts, innuendo and …

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    August 9, 2018

    OPINION: An opportunity to be a global player in aquaculture

    Maine is resilient. As former economic sectors decline, we find new ways to market our natural resources, provide jobs for Maine families, and support local and regional economies. Today, Maine is on the cusp of another economic resurgence — this time in aquaculture. Not one, but two significant projects are under development in Midcoast Maine, both slated to raise Atlantic salmon in state-of-the art facilities. …

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    July 5, 2018

    OPINION: Land-based salmon farms will benefit Maine

    The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the health of Maine’s rivers, estuaries, and coastal environments. We know Mainers treasure healthy, wild places, but as a state we also need prosperity and good jobs for people and families. ASF believes there are two developments on the horizon that can protect our waters and native fish while making Maine a leader in sustainable aquaculture. Recently, Whole Oceans …

  • Published
    May 9, 2018

    Ferry rate increase: three main issues

    A lot has been in the news lately about the Islesboro Ferry rate increase and I wanted to take the time to explain this issue from an Islesboro resident’s perspective. There are three main issues that I would like to address: (1) process failure, (2) new rate structure inequality, and (3) the probable change in Islesboro. There is also a reasonable increase in fares that I can suggest. With respect to the process …

  • Published
    February 28, 2018

    Benefits of safe, stable and nurturing environments

    The “sure thing” in promoting public health is investing in reducing childhood adversity. This understanding led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the framework called “Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments.” The framework calls on communities “to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so …

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    February 28, 2018

    The Megunticook River and the next hundred years

    Growing up in Camden, I never thought much about the river that runs through our town, but before Camden was known for its brick buildings and beautiful boats, people were drawn to the area for the small but mighty stream called Megunticook. Camden’s first mill was erected in 1771 by William Minot, not long after the first settlers arrived. In fact, it was the river itself that had attracted many of Camden’s …

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    September 17, 2017

    Ovarian cancer whispers

    Please, tell your wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, grandmothers: Ovarian cancer whispers, so listen. September of 1998 was the first National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. That very month, I was starting chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. My boys were 7, 9, and 11 at the time. For the past 19 years, I have put my experience with cancer behind me and have been living my life with a lot more gusto. But I want …

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    August 3, 2017

    The total solar eclipse, an event for all the senses

    A total solar eclipse is an exotic event disrupting the normal routine of our celestial drama. This extraordinary event evokes the same kind of wonder as the appearance of a comet or a meteor shower. Throughout history, cosmic occurrences have ignited inspiration as well as consternation. Historically, before eclipses were understood or predicted, ancient people were terrified. Today we have the benefit of …

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    June 30, 2017

    And now this

    Shortly after a madman — a Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter — went on a shooting spree, critically wounding Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Washington, D.C., a New Jersey Democrat strategist posted tweets with hashtags reading: #HuntRepublicanCongressmen and #HuntRepublicans. When queried whether he regretted his anarchist comments, James Devine said, “It is insensitive, and I don’t care. You …

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