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John Swinconeck is the executive editor of The Times Record, The Forecaster group, American Journal and Lakes Region Weekly. He has spent most of his journalistic career covering local news in Maine. When not working he enjoys collecting cheap guitars, cooking and spending time with his wife and kids. He lives in Bath. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

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  • Published
    May 20, 2022

    David Treadwell: The 400th Birthday for ‘Just a Little Old’

    This is the 400th piece I’ve written for my weekly “Just a Little Old” column. That’s nearly 3 million words, for better or worse, over nearly eight years. Thanks to the Times Record for giving me the chance to have my voice heard. Some reflections: It’s been a pleasure to celebrate people who are making […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Guest column: Harpswell island looking for docent

    Two miles off the coast of Harpswell, in beautiful Casco Bay, lies Eagle Island, the summer home of Admiral Robert E. Peary, America’s foremost Arctic explorer recognized as the discoverer of the North Pole. This unique property is a Maine Historic Site administered by the Bureau of Parks and Lands, and is also designated as […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Guest column:  Morality play – The cost of doing what is deemed right

    As the United States and its allies ramp up their economic sanctions on Russia, Benjamin Folkman of New York City and frequent visitor to Brunswick for decades put his version of economic sanctions on Russia as President of the New York-based Tcherepnin Society, which promotes the music of “the Tcherepnin family’s three generations of distinguished composers: […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Letters: Vote Sartoris for Cumberland County DA; Republican control of Congress may threaten voting rights

    Vote Sartoris for Cumberland County DA When my husband and I moved to Brunswick 20 years ago I very quickly became interested in becoming involved in local government. As a volunteer in local town committee work I met Jackie Sartoris when she was a Town Councilor. I was immediately impressed with her inclusive community approach […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Gordon Weil: Don’t ignore ‘unlikely voters’ and ‘quits’

    “Yesterday, upon the stair I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today, Oh how I wish he’d go away!” Some readers may recall these lines from an old children’s poem. It comes to mind, because today the U.S. includes many people who are not there, either in the political process or […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Guest column: No bad time to tax fossil fuels

    In a recent guest column, Phil Kerpen rejects taxes on greenhouse gas pollution (“Reject new energy taxes with prices already soaring,” The Times Record, May 16). He asserts that taxes on fossil fuels are “ridiculous” at a time of high energy prices. Mr. Kerpen fails to mention why most economists and energy experts recommend a tax […]

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    May 20, 2022

    Giving Voice: People experiencing homelessness are just people

    People experiencing homelessness are just people, in the same sense that people experiencing MS, or cancer, or old age, are just people. Here are some other parallel illustrations of the same idea. People with different skin colors are just people. Men, women, children, adolescents (whether old or young) are just people. People who follow different […]

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    May 19, 2022

    Grand & Glorious Yard Sale Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary fundraiser set for Friday

    This year’s Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Grand and Glorious Yard Sale will take place May 20-22 at Merrymeeting Plaza in Brunswick. Presented as two unique shops, the yard sale’s stores are full of new and gently used, donated merchandise including furniture, jewelry and housewares. “We are extremely grateful for the community’s unwavering support of this […]

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    May 19, 2022

    Maine Forest Service: Stop browntail moth hitchhikers

    The Maine Forest Service is asking everyone to check cars, trucks, boats, bikes, ATVs and other vehicles for wandering browntail moth caterpillars. “Now through late June, browntail moth caterpillars become expert hitchhikers,” the Forest Service stated in a press release. “When they catch a ride, the browntail moth may set up house in a new […]

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    May 19, 2022

    Tom Purcell: Enjoy the prom while you can, kids

    Prom season is upon us. It’s wonderful to see the excitement on the faces of young people as they pose for photos in their front yards, dressed up in their finest duds. I hate to admit it, but I feel bad for these young people. As they stand there being photographed, enthralled by the last […]

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