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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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    June 5, 2020

    David Treadwell: Trump hits a new low

    On Monday night, the President of the United States plowed away peaceful protestors using tear gas, rubber bullets and officers on horses in order to walk to the St. John’s Episcopal Church and get a photo of himself holding a Bible. The narcissist-in-chief outdid himself this time. Every patriotic American who cares about this country […]

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    June 5, 2020

    John Micek: ‘If you want law and order, give us justice!’

    In this space last week, I wrote about the importance of really listening to what black and brown Americans are trying to tell us as they’ve taken to the streets – propelled by generations of anger and sadness – to call for the same treatment and access to opportunity white Americans take for granted. This […]

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    June 5, 2020

    Gordon Weil: Three American crises spiral downward

    The U.S. now stands at an historic moment. Three major issues, cutting to the core of the country, are at stake. From the arrival of the first African slaves four centuries ago, Americans have grappled unsuccessfully with relations between the black and white races. Neither the Civil War nor the civil rights movement produced a […]

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    June 5, 2020

    Ron Chase: Tumultuous times on the Machias River   

    Forget the St. John, Allagash or Moose Rivers. As far as I’m concerned, the Machias River is the best canoe trip in Maine. A free-flowing river with a large watershed, it begins in the lakes region of northern Washington County and then tumbles for eighty miles to the sea in the coastal community of Machias. Meaning […]

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    June 5, 2020
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    Commentary: Stripping voting rights from felons is about politics, not punishment

    In 2018 Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment ending the disenfranchisement of ex-convicts. Though it excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to felons “after they complete all the terms of their sentence including parole or probation.” Civil rights groups and prisoner rights groups celebrated the election result. In […]

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    June 5, 2020

    Eloise Vitelli: Congratulations to the Class of 2020

    Around this time, college graduates should be marching together to receive their hard-earned diplomas. High school seniors should be winding up classes, studying for finals, and preparing for their own graduation ceremonies. Neighbors should be gathering to celebrate these remarkable young adults as they move to the next stage of their lives. This year, however, […]

  • Published
    June 4, 2020

    Guest column: Racism has reigned through American history

    The protests in reaction to the death of George Floyd were inevitable and understandable. Some consider racism as the original sin of our country, but others consider racism as the very origin of our country. As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of those Europeans who set foot here, we must memorialize the genocide of indigenous peoples, as […]

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    June 4, 2020

    Letters: Holton, Hansen worth emulating; Sad irony

    Holton, Hansen worth emulating Regarding the June 2 article in The Times Record, “Protesters march on police dept.,” I’m struck with the difference between those protesters demanding that police officers take a knee to honor George Floyd, and those asking. One protester spoke to an officer with respect and the result was the officer listening, […]

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    June 4, 2020

    Intertidal: The unusual wonders of skeleton shrimp

    Tide pool creatures are not the best at social distancing. One particularly strange species is particularly bad at this practice. They gather in large numbers and like to stick to each other as well as just about everything else. You may not have ever noticed them before because, although they may be there in great […]

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    June 4, 2020

    Carl Golden: Biden’s demeaning remarks should worry Democrats

    Not since Hillary Clinton described supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump as “a basket of deplorables” has a public official or candidate uttered such an insensitive, demeaning. condescending and politically stupid remark as that delivered by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s admonition to an African-American radio host that a failure to support him means “you ain’t […]

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